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EPA/WATER RIN: 2040-AF29 Publication ID: 2012 
Title: National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Group Regulation of Carcinogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) 
Abstract: EPA announced in February 2011 that it plans to develop one national primary drinking water regulation (NPDWR) covering up to 16 carcinogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). EPA will propose a regulation to address carcinogenic VOC contaminants as a group rather than individually in order to provide public health protections more quickly and also allow utilities to more effectively and efficiently plan for improvements. PCE and TCE, which the Agency determined were candidates for regulatory revision under the second six year review of the existing NPDWRs, will be included in the VOC drinking water standard. Besides PCE and TCE, the group may include up to six additional regulated VOCs; and up to eight unregulated VOCs from the EPA's Contaminant Candidate List 3. SDWA section 1412(b)(1)-(6) describes EPA's requirements for regulating contaminants. In accordance with these requirements, the Agency will evaluate the health effects of carcinogenic VOCs, the feasibility of treatment, the affordability of treatment for small systems, the costs and the benefits (as part of the Health Risk Reduction Cost Analysis), and implementation of a carcinogenic standard. EPA has reached out to stakeholders via multiple meetings and the Web before deciding to develop the carcinogenic VOC group rule. EPA also plans to seek input from the Science Advisory Board, the National Drinking Water Advisory Council, the Department of Health and Human Services, and State and tribal drinking water programs prior to issuing a proposed rule. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 141    40 CFR 142   
Legal Authority: 42 USC 300f et seq   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/00/2013 
Final Rule  06/00/2015 
Additional Information: This action includes retrospective review under EO 13563; see:
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kesha Forrest
Environmental Protection Agency
4607M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-3632
Fax:202 564-3760

Rajiv Khera
Environmental Protection Agency
4607M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-4881