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U.S. EPA to require monitoring for Unregulated Contaminants.

Approximately 4,000 public water systems will monitor drinking water for up to 25 unregulated chemicals to inform the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) about the frequency and levels at which these contaminants are found in drinking-water systems across the United States. The information will help determine whether regulations are needed to protect public health. This review is the second one scheduled under the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 2).

U.S. EPA currently has regulations for more than 90 contaminants. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires the agency to identify up to 30 contaminants for monitoring every five years. The first review, UCMR 1, was published in 1999 and covered 25 chemicals and one microorganism. The new rule requires systems to monitor for contaminants that are not regulated under existing law.

For more information on UCMR 2 and U.S. EPA's Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Program, please visit the site listed above.
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Title Annotation:Environmental Health-'Net; Environmental Protection Agency
Publication:Journal of Environmental Health
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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