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Re: E-M:/ Support a 3 ppb arsenic standard



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Enviro-Mich message from "Jeff Surfus" <jeffsurfus@mediaone.net>
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Regarding my earlier arsenic standard message,

Note that the docket number is W-99-16-VI (not W-99-16-III as is indicated
in the message).

Jeff Surfus
Clean Water Action


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Surfus" <jeffsurfus@mediaone.net>
To: "Enviro-Mich" <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2001 8:58 AM
Subject: E-M:/ Support a 3 ppb arsenic standard


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> Enviro-Mich message from "Jeff Surfus" <jeffsurfus@mediaone.net>
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> This is a reposting of a message I sent earlier this month.  Note that
the
> EPA has changed the email address for emailing comments to the docket.
> The change is reflected in the message below.  Please take a few moments
> to email your support for a 3 ppb arsenic standard.  You can cut and
paste
> the talking points at the end of the message and email it to the docket.
> It will take you less than a minute!
>
> Thanks.
>
> Jeff Surfus
> Clean Water Action
>
> __________________________
>
> As previously posted on Enviro-Mich, The U.S. Environmental Protection
> Agency (EPA) has opened a comment period regarding a range of proposed
> arsenic standards, including 3, 5, 10, and 20 parts per billion (ppb).
It
> is crucial that EPA hears comments from many citizens concerned about
> public health.
>
> Arsenic is known to cause fatal cancers and many other diseases
including
> heart problems and diabetes. Arsenic levels in Michigan groundwater are
> very high in many parts of the state.  In 1999 the National Academy of
> Sciences concluded that the current arsenic standard of 50 ppb did not
> protect people's health and called for it to be strengthened.  After 25
> years of research and debate, and under pressure from water companies
and
> polluting industries, EPA set the standard at 10ppb in January 2001. The
> Bush Administration has delayed this standard for review.
>
> Please take a few moments to send your comments to EPA in support of a 3
> ppb standard, which is achievable and the most protective of public
> health. Please send a copy of your comments to your U.S. Representative
> and to both of your U.S. Senators to make sure they are aware of your
> concern.
>
> Here's the address:
>
> W-99-16-VI Arsenic Comments Clerk
> Water Docket (MC-4101)
> U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
> 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
> Washington, DC 20460
>
> You can also email your comments to:  ow-arsenic-docket@epa.gov
>
> Make sure to refer to the docket # (W-99-16-III) at the beginning of
your
> comments.
>
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>
> Here are some specific talking points you can use in your comments:
>
> -I welcome the opportunity to express my view that the EPA should adopt
a
> 3 ppb standard for arsenic in drinking water.
>
> -For every part above 3ppb that the standard is set, evidence indicates
> that thousands of people may get sick from arsenic-related diseases.
>
> -New technologies implemented with old and new funding programs will
> enable us to achieve the 3ppb standard at reasonable costs.
>
> -To ensure citizen awareness, requirements for arsenic reporting in
> consumer confidence (right to know) reports from the January 2001 rule
> should remain in the final rule.
>
> -The people of this country have a right to clean, safe, and affordable
> drinking water.
>
> Jeff Surfus
> Clean Water Action
>
>
>
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