Implementation of the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Amendments and Safe Drinking Water Research Programs, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the Committee on Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, October 20, 1999   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the October 20, 1999 hearing on "Implementation of the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Amendments and Safe Drinking Water Research Programs" held before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. From the opening statement of Michael Bilirakis: "Over 3 years ago, this subcommittee approved a 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act amendments. In doing so, the subcommittee attempted to chart a new course for the protection of the public health. We abandoned an unworkable law which placed the EPA on a regulatory treadmill and replaced it with a law which required the Agency to focus on contaminants which pose the greatest risk to public health. Under the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act amendment, we required EPA to examine adverse health effects of drinking water contaminants, the occurrence of contaminants in drinking water supplies, and whether regulation of a contaminant presented a meaningful opportunity for health risk reduction. [...] In specific, today we will receive a report from GAO [Government Accountability Office] which indicates that EPA does not have any overall estimate of the resources it needs for drinking water research. We will hear that the Agency has requested a larger percentage of funds for regulatory development rather than basic research on drinking water contaminants. We will learn that EPA has not completed research plans for significant portions of its regulatory workload although many statutory deadlines are looming over the next 2 years. And we will hear that EPA does not have an effective tracking system to understand the progress of the research it actually is conducting.." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Peter F. Guerrero, Stephen K. Hall, Norine E. Noonan, Erik D. Olson, and John H. Sullivan.

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Serial No. 106-80
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