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EPA Considering Not Regulating Drinking Water

Dear Brock,

I share your indignation. EPA abandoned its responsibility for clean ground water at least 10 years ago and retreated to well head treatment as a strategy. They are now abandoning that position and handing off their responsibility to the private for profit sector. We know the Republican Bush agenda has always been to make government as incompetent as it says it is and then privatize anything profitable, and keep the rest in dysfunction. The incompetent private contract suppliers of water to the troops in Iraq have proven the failure of this strategy, but the gigantic profit presented by monopolizing the essence of life has attracted the largest multinational corporations. Some corporations own the entire water supply of countries. We can’t fix the problem unless we dismantle the cause of the problem. Or we could just be another third world country.

Bob Rawson

Wow!

“Bottled water as an alternative compliance option for chronic contaminants”

This is unbelievable, this can’t be happening? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying it will not protect and in doing so passing on the need for protecting such a fundamental human need to the bottled water industry? If I read this correctly, they are pushing this country into – excuse the expression, third world status? This is pushing the externaities of water to the private sector so they can profit from the corruption of water, this is beyond any rational relationship to the reality of the needs of humanity let along nature. So is nature suppose to go out and buy bottled water?

What is going on? If this isn’t one of the top “political issue” for the coming year – What Is?

Brock

Greetings Water Friends,

As many of you may know, the US Environmental Protection Agency held a listening session yesterday on the topic of bottled water as an alternative compliance option for chronic contaminants regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The announcement about that session is pasted in below.

We are very concerned about the impact this could have on the long-term solutions for improving and maintaining our public water systems. Our organizer, Zandra Rice, attended the meeting along with Sister Sharon Dillon, the Executive Director of the Franciscan Federation of the United States and shared the statement below at the meeting. There were also a few other NGO and representatives of communities there that were raising concerns about this prospect.

We will prepare a brief report on the meeting that we can share with all of you. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any specific questions.

Onward,

Gigi

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For Immediate Release:
December 12, 2006

Contact:
Bryan Hirsch, Corporate Accountability International
(617) 695-2525

STATEMENT BY SHARON DILLON AT EPA SESSION ON BOTTLED WATER
ON BEHALF OF THE FRANCISCAN FEDERATION
AND CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY INTERNATIONAL

EPA Listening Session
Washington, D.C.
December 12, 2006

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Listening Session on Exploring Bottled Water as an Alternative Compliance Option in Limited Situations for Non-Transient, Non- Community Water Systems

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a listening session on the viability of bottled water as an alternative compliance option for chronic contaminants regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The purpose of this meeting is to identify information and data needed for EPA to evaluate the efficacy of bottled water as an alternative compliance option for non-transient, non- community water systems. At the request of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), EPA is convening a meeting to discuss information needed to explore whether and in what limited situations bottled water may be a safe and effective alternative compliance option to treatment technology and point-of-use devices.

ADDRESSES: The listening session will take place at RESOLVE, Inc., 1255 23rd St., NW., Suite 275, Washington, DC 20037.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Interested participants from the public should contact Jennifer Moller, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Drinking Water Protection Division (Mail Code 4606M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.
Contact Moller.Jennifer@epa.gov or call 202-564-3891 to receive additional details.

Cynthia C. Dougherty,
Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.