EPA announces approval of alternative test procedures for drinking water analysis

EPA has announced approval of alternative testing methods for use in measuring the levels of contaminants in drinking water and determining compliance with national primary drinking water regulations. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) authorizes EPA to approve the use of alternative testing methods through publication in the Federal Register. EPA is using this streamlined authority to make 99 additional methods available for analyzing drinking water samples required by regulation...

WASHINGTON, DC, June 3, 2008 -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced approval of alternative testing methods for use in measuring the levels of contaminants in drinking water and determining compliance with national primary drinking water regulations. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) authorizes EPA to approve the use of alternative testing methods through publication in the Federal Register. EPA is using this streamlined authority to make 99 additional methods available for analyzing drinking water samples required by regulation.

This expedited approach provides public water systems, laboratories, and primary agencies with more timely access to new measurement techniques and greater flexibility in the selection of analytical methods, thereby reducing monitoring costs while maintaining public health protection.

DATES: This action is effective June 3, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Patricia Snyder Fair
Technical Support Center, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (MS 140)
Environmental Protection Agency
26 West Martin Luther King Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45268
telephone number: (513) 569-7937
e-mail address: fair.pat@epa.gov

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Also see: http://www.epa.gov/EPA-WATER/2008/June/Day-03/

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