Potential Revisions of Microbial and Disinfection Byproducts Rules
In January 2017, EPA announced the review results for the Agency’s third Six-Year Review (Six-Year Review 3) of NDPWRs. Based on the Agency’s review of newly available data, information, and technologies, EPA identified eight NPDWRs as candidates for revision. The eight candidates are Chlorite, Cryptosporidium, Haloacetic acids, heterotrophic bacteria, Giardia lamblia, Legionella, Total Trihalomethanes, and viruses. These eight NPDWRs are included in the following microbial and disinfection byproducts (MDBP) rules:
- Stage 1 and Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproduct Rules (DBPR)
- Surface Water Treatment Rule (SWTR)
- Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (IESWTR)
- Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT1)
EPA is currently conducting analyses to further evaluate the eight NPDWRs for potential regulatory revisions. Additionally, with a consideration of risk/risk tradeoff among different disinfection byproducts (DBPs), EPA is also evaluating information on unregulated DBPs, including chlorate and nitrosamines.
The Agency is committed to engaging stakeholders for their input and gathering additional information to inform any potential revisions.
- Public Engagements: Potential Revisions of the Microbial and Disinfection Byproducts Rules
- Virtual Public Meeting: Microbial and Disinfection Byproducts Rule: Public Meeting to Inform Potential Rule Revisions - October 14 and 15, 2020
- Public Docket: Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2020-0486 (www.regulations.gov)
- Microbial and Disinfection Byproduct Data Files from EPA's Fourth Six-Year Review Information Collection Request
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review each national primary drinking water regulation (NPDWR) at least once every six years and revise them, if appropriate. Revisions must maintain or strengthen public health protection.
The Six-Year Review 3 announcement was not a regulatory decision, but initiated a process involving more detailed analyses of health effects, analytical and treatment feasibility, occurrence, benefits, costs and other regulatory matters relevant to deciding whether a rulemaking to revise a regulation should be initiated.