Last Spring, I was appointed to represent Clean Water Action, Clean Water
Fund and the national Campaign for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water on the
U.S. EPA's 15-member National Drinking Water Advisory Council (as one of two
members representing the public interest community).
The next meeting of
the group is November 8th and 9th, and I wanted to post the proposed agenda
(below) for review by members of Michigan's environmental community to learn of
concerns or questions you might have about items on the agenda. I realize
several of the topics are very vague so feel free to e-mail me for
clarification. Also, contact me if you have suggestions or needs related to any
of the NDWAC functions outlined above.
About the NDWAC...
The National Drinking Water Advisory Council,
which was established by Congress in 1974, provides advice, information and
recommendations on matters related to activities, functions, and policies of the
EPA under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The group's major
functions include such roles as the following: 1) Provide advice on matters and
policies related to drinking water quality; 2) Advise EPA on emerging issues/
problems; 3) Advise EPA on regulations and guidances required by the SDWA; 4)
Recommend studies and research; 5) Recommend policies on drinking water standard
development; 6) Help identify emerging health/environmental problems related to
potentially hazardous constituents in drinking water; and 7) Propose actions to
encourage cooperation and communication between EPA and other governmental
agencies, interest groups, and the general public.
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DRINKING WATER ADVISORY COUNCIL
NOVEMBER 8 AND 9, 2000
INN AT PENTAGON CITY
550 ARMY NAVY DRIVE
PURPOSE: At this meeting the National Drinking Water Advisory
Be updated on the EPA's Research Efforts
Be provided with the first Report of the Research Working Group
Make recommendations based on a report of the Six Year Review Working
Group, which will include the draft protocol for reviewing regulations
Receive a briefing on EPA's MTBE Secondary Standard
Discuss the status of the Safe Drinking Water Act Gap Analysis and their
involvement as advisors on this issue. A briefing on the approach taken
for Clean Water Act gap analysis will also be presented.
Hear a presentation on the Source Water Protection Strategy that has
been developed and discuss the views stakeholders have provided at public
Be provided with the rationale for the Agency's decision to regulate
Non-Transient Non-Community water systems based on risk in the proposed radon
and arsenic rules.
Receive an update on the Microbial and Disinfection Byproducts Federal
Advisory Committee actions.
Discuss the roles of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council and
the Science Advisory Board in providing advice and recommendations to the Agency
on Safe Drinking Water Act issues.
Be provided with a brief update on where EPA is going with the new
cancer risk guidelines and how this will change the response curve for
Wednesday, November 8, 2000
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Science Advisory Board/NDWAC Roles
STANDARD SETTING ISSUES
a.m. - 11:00 Update on EPA Regulatory
- Ground Water Rule
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Risk Based Regulation of Non-Transient/Non-Community for Arsenic and
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Council Discussion/Questions
p.m. - 1:30 p.m. LUNCH
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Update on Research, Fred Hauchman, Research and Development
2:00 p.m. -
2:30 p.m. Council Discussion
2:30 p.m. - 3:00
p.m. Update on EPA's New Cancer Risk Guidelines and Council
3:00 p.m. - 3:15
3:15 p.m. -
3:30 p..m. Report of the Research
3:30 p.m. - 4:00
p.m. Council Discussion and
4:00 p.m. - 4:30
p.m. Report of the Six Year
Review Working Group
4:30 p.m - 5:00
p.m. Council Discussion
5:00 p.m. - 5:30
p.m. Update on Microbial,
Disinfectants and Disinfectant-Byproducts Federal Advisory Committee
p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Public
Participation To be
Thursday, November 9, 2000
SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT
8:30 a.m. - 9:00
a.m. Source Water Protection
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Council
9:30 a.m. -10:00
a.m. Safe Drinking Water Act Gap
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. BREAK
10:15 a.m. - 10:45
a.m. Clean Water Act Gap Analysis Approach
10:45 a.m. -
11:30a.m. Council Discussion/Questions
11:30 a.m. - 11:45
a.m. Agenda/Next Meeting
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Council