Updates and Current Activities, SDWA

Collaborative Efforts to Improve Environmental Monitoring
Oral Presentation

Prepared by D. Hautman
USEPA, OGWDW, 26 W. Martin Luther King Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45268, United States


Contact Information: hautman.dan@epa.gov; 513-569-7274


ABSTRACT

When EPA sets a drinking water monitoring requirement for a contaminant, the Agency also establishes in the regulations at least one reference analytical method for analysis of the contaminant. Section 1401(1) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), as amended in 1996, authorizes EPA to approve “equally effective” testing procedures through publication of a notice in the Federal Register. This provision within SDWA establishes the basis for EPA’s drinking water Expedited Method Approval process, which EPA has used since 2008 to approve over 150 alternate test methods, including methods that offer ‘greener’ alternatives to older methods that often use toxic materials and/or generate hazardous waste.

The presentation will describe methods that have been approved in the most recent Expedited Method Approval Federal Register notice. In addition, the presentation will convey some of the current collaborative efforts on methods and drinking water treatment within the Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water’s Technical Support Center.