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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AF29 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Group Regulation of Carcinogenic Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs) 

The proposal would develop one national primary drinking water regulation (NPDWR) covering up to 16 carcinogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The EPA intends to 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 to allow utilities to more effectively and efficiently plan for improvements. PCE and TCE, which the EPA determined to be candidates for regulatory revision under the second six year review of the existing NPDWRs, would 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. The Safe Drinking Water Act, section 1412(b)(1)-(6), describes EPA's requirements for regulating contaminants. In accordance with these requirements, EPA will evaluate the health effects of carcinogenic VOCs, the feasibility of treatment, the affordability of treatment for small systems, and the costs and the benefits (as part of the Health Risk Reduction Cost Analysis). EPA has reached out to stakeholders via multiple meetings and the Web before deciding to develop the carcinogenic VOC group rule. The 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: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 141    40 CFR 142   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 300f et seq. Safe Drinking Water Act   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2019 
Final Rule  12/00/2020 
Additional Information: This action includes retrospective review under Executive Order 13563; see:
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
Sectors Affected: 221310 Water Supply and Irrigation Systems; 924110 Administration of Air and Water Resource and Solid Waste Management Programs 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kesha Forrest
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
4607M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-3632
Fax:202 564-3760

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