Environmental Protection

EPA Extends Revised Total Coliform Rule Comment Period

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is extending by 30 days the public comment period for a proposed National Primary Drinking Water Regulation, the Revisions to the Total Coliform Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on July 14.

The comment period now ends Oct. 13.

The proposed revision applies to all public water systems and offers a meaningful opportunity for greater public health protection beyond the current Total Coliform Rule by requiring systems that have an indication of coliform contamination in the distribution system to assess the problem and take corrective action.

This extended comment period will afford greater opportunity to all interested parties to review and submit comments on the proposal. Anyone seeking to submit comments must follow the procedures specified in the summary section of the proposal as published in the Federal Register notice (75 FR 40926). To access the Federal Register Notice, go to water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/tcr/regulation.cfm#tcr1989.

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