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EPA Public Meeting on Regulatory Review of LT2

EPA is hosting a public meeting on November 15, 2012, 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).  The public meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012 (8:00AM-5:00PM, eastern) at the EPA East Building, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.  Teleconferencing will be available for individuals unable to attend the meeting in person.

At this meeting, 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.

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. 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.  EPA plans to complete its review of the LT2 Rule no later than 2016.

Individuals planning to participate in the public meeting must register at this Web site https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LT2NovemberRegistrationno later than November 9, 2012.  EPA will do its best to include all those interested, but may have to limit attendance due to room and/or teleconference size limitations and therefore urges people to register early.  Teleconference information will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the meeting.  For more information about the LT2 rule or the Six-Year Review process, visit: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/lt2/or HERE, respectively.