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Main Title Safeguarding the nation's drinking water : EPA and congressional actions /
Author Tiemann, Mary E.
Publisher Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress,
Year Published 2002
Report Number RL31294
OCLC Number 62511557
Subjects Drinking water--Law and legislation--United States
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBM  KF3796.A25T541 2005 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 12/09/2005
Collation {13} p. ; 28 cm.
The events of September 11, 2001, focused heightened attention on the security status of the nation s drinking water supplies and the vulnerability of this critical infrastructure sector to attack. Congress since has enacted security requirements for public water systems and has provided funding for vulnerability assessments, emergency planning, and drinking water research. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the lead federal agency for the water sector, has worked with water utilities, state and local governments, and federal agencies to improve the drinking water security. The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-188) amended the Safe Drinking Water Act to require some 8,400 community water systems to assess vulnerabilities and prepare emergency response plans. It authorized funding for these activities and for emergency grants to states and utilities, and it directed the EPA to review methods to prevent, detect, and respond to threats to water safety and infrastructure security. The act did not require water systems to make security upgrades to address potential vulnerabilities. Since FY2002, Congress has appropriated funds annually for the EPA to work with states and the water sector to improve the security of drinking water supplies
Periodically updated online. Cover title. "Updated October 11, 2005."