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E-M:/ Input sought for National Drinking Water Advisory Council



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.

Thanks,
Cyndi Roper

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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DRAFT AGENDA
NATIONAL DRINKING WATER ADVISORY COUNCIL
NOVEMBER 8 AND 9, 2000
MARRIOTT RESIDENCE INN AT PENTAGON CITY
550 ARMY NAVY DRIVE
ARLINGTON, VA 22202

PURPOSE: At this meeting the National Drinking Water Advisory Council will:

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 meetings.

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 some contaminants.

Wednesday, November 8, 2000
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
 
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.   Science Advisory Board/NDWAC  Roles in Regulation

Council Discussion

STANDARD SETTING ISSUES
10:15 a.m. - 11:00       Update on EPA Regulatory Actions
- MTBE
- Arsenic
- Radon
- Ground Water Rule
- LT1/Filter Backwash

Council Questions

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  BREAK

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 
Risk Based Regulation of Non-Transient/Non-Community for Arsenic and Radon

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Council Discussion/Questions

12:15 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 Discussion/Questions

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.         BREAK

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p..m.        Report of the Research Working Group

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.         Council Discussion and Recommendations

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 and Recommendation

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.         Update on Microbial, Disinfectants and Disinfectant-Byproducts Federal Advisory Committee

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.         Public Participation          To be announced


Thursday, November 9, 2000

SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.         Source Water Protection Strategy

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  Council Discussion/Questions

9:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m.         Safe Drinking Water Act Gap Analysis

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 Wrap-up   L.D. McMullen

ADJOURN