Category Archives: Safe Drinking Water Act

Proposed Safe Drinking Water Act of 2017 (HR 1068)

If history is repeated the Democrat proposal to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act is a strategic set-up for 2018 elections.. Yes, the Safe Drinking Water Act needs to be amended and reauthorized. But will the provisions of this bill be seriously considered? Stay tuned.

Full text of HR 1068 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 2017

2014 Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund allotments

Today’s federal register publishes the money allotments to the states under the State Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund. (click here) This program was initiated under the SDWA as a way to help water systems comply with drinking water regulations. In practice, it is essentially a slush fund to help some water systems for political expediency, while propping up federal government control over the states, cities, and private citizens. (Sorry this sounds so cynical, but it is time to face reality.)

2014 srf page 1

2014 srf page 2

USEPA issues approval of alternative SDWA test procedures

Expedited Approval of Alternative Test Procedures for the Analysis of Contaminants Under the Safe Drinking Water Act; Analysis and Sampling Procedures.

Publication Date: Friday, May 31, 2013

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency

Dates: This action is effective May 31, 2013.

Effective Date: 05/31/2013

Document Citation: 78 FR 32558

Page: 32558-32574 (17 pages)

CFR: 40 CFR 141

Agency/Docket Numbers: EPA-HQ-OW-2013-0300; FRL-9818-2

Document Number: 2013-12729

Action: Final Rule.

Summary: This action announces the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 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 84 additional methods available for analyzing drinking water samples. This expedited approach provides public water systems, laboratories, and primacy 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.

Click here for full notice.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) load up to fire political guns on drinking water regulation

Wilsonian progressivism has been consistently advanced in the United States as Democrat politicians use the Safe Drinking Water Act as a crow-bar and a club. This is right out of the Democrat political play book….and now we can again expect to be called baby killers, not caring about pregnant women, wanting dirty water, etc….etc….

The first congressional hearing I attended was in the late 1980s when I observed Rep. Henry Waxman and another Democrat congressman roasted USEPA Administrator William Rielly on lead. Now, at the request of House Democrats, Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA), the Government Accountability Office is investigating USEPA’s mandatory selection and monitoring of potential drinking-water contaminants. A process developed through stakeholder consensus, that the Democrat lawmakers hate and have pushed to strengthen in recent years. This gives them a platform to criticize the agency and anyone else (like conservatives) who may view regulating and monitoring for non-problem, no-risk substances in water as a waste of time and money.

The GAO report is expected in summer 2013, and will focus on USEPA’s third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring List (UCMR3). Writing more regulations, issuing fines to communities, and putting water system managers in jail will not clean up drinking water. Yelling at the world in the typical Waxman/Markey/Boxer fashion won’t do the job either. We must be serious about what it takes to have sustainable water and wastewater systems…include financial sustainability, which presumes a healthy and prosperous economy, not government handouts.

Expect copius bloviation from these representatives and others when the report is released, as well as from their counterparts in the Senate…..release of this report will be the opportunity for them to sound off once again….and shut up their wimpy opposition….

Congressional Letter: Regulation of hydraulic fracturing under the SDWA






Will USEPA place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing?

USEPA claims they have authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to make sure hydraulic fracturing operations do not pollute drinking waters when diesel fuels are used in the processes.

The agency plans to issue guidelines to states for issuing permits for use of hydraulic fracturing involving diesel.  Although such guidelines are not technically regulations, a state could set its own regulations….

USEPA says not to worry, no moratorium will be placed on hydraulic fracturing….but time will tell… guidelines are often morphed into future regulations….

Click here for a recent article.

USEPA Guidance: Surface Water Treatment Rules

Click here or on cover image below.