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EPA ISSUES PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS TO EIGHT PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS IN SOUTH CAROLINA FOR DRINKING WATER VIOLATIONS

 ATLANTA, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the issuance of proposed Administrative Orders to eight public water systems in South Carolina for failure to monitor and report for lead and copper as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act.
 These public water systems were required to sample lead and copper concentrations in tap water in their systems from July to December 1992 and report the results to EPA by Jan. 12, 1993.
 "EPA is concerned about the potential for serious adverse health effects based on exposure to lead," said EPA Region IV Water Division Director W. Ray Cunningham. "We want all public water systems to recognize the importance of timely reporting of monitoring data. We are committed to enforcement of the law to ensure safe drinking water for the public."
 EPA is directly enforcing these regulations in South Carolina because the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has not yet been granted federal authority for enforcement of these regulations.
 The systems issued proposed Administrative Orders are as follows:
 SYSTEM NAME LOCATION POPULATION
 Donalds-Due West Water Authority Donalds 3,732
 City of North Myrtle Beach N. Myrtle Beach 39,729
 Valley Public Service Authority Gloverville 4,777
 City of Aiken Aiken 38,675
 Town of Barnwell Barnwell 6,690
 Town of New Ellenton New Ellenton 3,934
 City of West Columbia West Columbia 23,339
 City of Bennettsville Water System Bennettsville 13,360
 Under terms of the proposed Administrative Orders, these water systems will conduct the required monitoring and reporting immediately and issue public notices to their customers informing them of the failure to monitor and/or report. The water system owner/operators and the public will be given an opportunity to request a public hearing on the issuance of the Administrative Orders.
 Persons interested in obtaining a copy of the proposed actions should contact Peter T. McGarry, P.E., Chief, Compliance and Enforcement Unit, Drinking Water Section, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 345 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30365.
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 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson, U.S. EPA press office, 404-347-3004/


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