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EPA Administrator signs final RTCR

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The EPA Administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, signed the final Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) on December 20, 2012, and EPA is submitting it for publication in the Federal Register (FR).  A pre-publication version of the rule has been posted to the EPA TCR web site at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/tcr/regulation.cfm.  While we have taken steps to ensure the accuracy of this Internet version of the rule, it is not the official version of the rule for purposes of compliance.  Please refer to the official version in a forthcoming FR publication, which will appear on the Government Printing Office’s website (http://www.gpo.gov) and on Regulations.gov (http://www.regulations.gov) in Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0878. Once the official version of this document is published in the FR, this version will be removed from the Internet and replaced with a link to the official version

The RTCR applies to all public water systems.  It offers an opportunity for greater public health protection against waterborne pathogens and reduces implementation burden for many water systems.  The final RTCR is based on the Agency’s consideration of public comments and recommendations from the Total Coliform Distribution System Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee, which consisted of a broad range of stakeholder groups, including States, environmental groups, utilities, and public health and public interest groups.

Patti Kay Wisniewski
Drinking Water Security Coordinator
Drinking Water Branch (3WP21)
US EPA
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029
215-814-5668/215-814-2302 FAX
CELL PHONE: 215-514-7893
email: wisniewski.patti-kay@epa.gov

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