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On Sept. 18, 2012, the U.S. EPA announced in Federal Register Volume 77, Number 181 that it is hosting a public meeting on Nov. 15, 2012. The meeting is concerning monitoring, binning and microbial toolbox information as part of the regulatory review of the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2 rule).
At this meeting, the EPA plans to discuss and solicit public input on data and information related to several topics. The first topic is the results of the first round of LT2 Cryptosporidium monitoring that are used to determine which one of the four categories (i.e., bins) a public drinking water system (PWS) should be placed.
The second topic is the implications of predicted occurrence and bin category placement that may result from a second round of Cryptosporidium monitoring using the existing or enhanced analytical methods.
The third topic is the effectiveness of Escherichia coli as a screen to identify small filtered PWSs that need to perform Cryptosporidium monitoring for bin placement.
The fourth topic is the determination of the potential credits assigned to different risk mitigation tools.
The EPA will also provide background information on the LT2 rule's monitoring and binning requirements, microbial toolbox options for risk management, and the agency's Six Year Review process. The EPA will consider the data and/or information discussed at this meeting during the agency's review of the LT2 rule, which the agency has announced as part of both the Retrospective Review Plan under Executive Order (E.O.) 13563 and the third Six-Year Review under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The public meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST. The public meeting will be held at the EPA East Building, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.
Individuals planning to participate in the public meeting must register at this Web site no later than Nov. 9, 2012.
Teleconferencing will be available for individuals unable to attend the meeting in person. The EPA may have to limit attendance due to room and/or teleconference size limitations and urges people to register early. Teleconference information will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the meeting.
This meeting will be open to the public and the EPA encourages public input allocating time on the agenda to receive verbal statements.
Click here for more information about the LT2 rule or here for the Six-Year Review process.