Upcoming EPA M/DBP Workshops

Introduction.  On October 14th and 15th, 2020 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public meeting to obtain input on possible revisions to eight microbial and disinfection byproduct (M/DBP) regulations (chlorite, Cryptosporidium, Haloacetic acids, heterotrophic bacteria, Giardia lamblia, Legionella, Total Trihalomethanes, and viruses).

What’s New. Earlier today, EPA posted updated information on the process for possible revisions to the M/DBP regulations.  The updated information includes the following statement: “Throughout 2021, EPA intends to continue to seek input relevant to any potential rule revisions through a series of public meetings focusing on specific topics identified through public comments and information.”

The EPA website lists seven tentative dates for future meetings in 2021.  The first two dates are in May and June as follows:

May 20, 2021 – topic “Disinfectant Residual Levels and Opportunistic Pathogens (including Legionella)

June 24, 2021 – topic “Regulated and Unregulated Disinfection Byproducts”

Additional tentative dates in 2021 are July 14th, August 10th, September 1st, September 29th and November 9th.  No topics are listed for these dates. Tentative meeting times are 1:00 to 4:00 pm ET.  No additional details on meeting materials or registration are available at this time.

Link to EPA’s Updated M/DBP Information:

https://www.epa.gov/dwsixyearreview/public-engagements-potential-revisions-microbial-and-disinfection-byproducts-rules

Background.  Under the Safe Drinking Water Act as amended in 1996, EPA is required to conduct a review of drinking water regulations every six years, and if appropriate, revise specific regulations.  Previous six-year reviews were concluded in 2003 and in 2010.  In a January 2017 Federal Register notice EPA published the results from the third six-year review of contaminants.  The outcome of that review was that EPA considered eight National Primary Drinking Water Regulations as candidates for regulatory revision (the eight regulations listed above).  The 2017 Federal Register publication did not propose specific revisions to any current regulation, but rather began the process.

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Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.