• Senate Committee Considers Amendments to Safe Drinking Water Act
  • June 25, 2008
  • Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Dallas Office
  • On May 6, 2008, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held an oversight hearing on Perchlorate and TCE in Water. The hearing focused on several bills including Senate Bill 1911 - the Toxic Chemical Exposure Act of 2007, which was introduced in August 2007 by six sponsors including Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Elizabeth Dole. This bill would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act by adding:

    (1) a requirement that the EPA issue a regulation for trichloroethylene in drinking water and enforce monitoring of water systems, particularly those “in the path of subsurface migration of a known volatile organic compound”; and

    (2) a requirement that the EPA issue a health advisory for trichloroethylene to protect from vapor intrusion, establish an integrated risk information system reference concentration of trichloroethylene, and apply that reference concentration in connection with any potential vapor intrusion-related investigations or actions.

    In addition to statements by three senators, the hearing included testimony by eight witnesses, including scientists and agency administrators. A similar bill, HB 5527, introduced on March 4, 2008, is currently under consideration by the House of Representatives.