S 875

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 875

To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require additional monitoring of certain contaminants, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 3, 2011

Mr. LAUTENBERG introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works


A BILL

To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require additional monitoring of certain contaminants, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Drinking Water Right to Know Act'.

SEC. 2. MONITORING OF UNREGULATED CONTAMINANTS.

    (a) Monitoring Program for Certain Unregulated Contaminants- Section 1445(a)(2)(B) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j-4(a)(2)(B)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

          `(iii) CONTINUED MONITORING FOR DETECTED CONTAMINANTS-

            `(I) IN GENERAL- If, as part of the monitoring program established under subparagraph (A), a public water system detects an unregulated contaminant included on the list described in clause (i), the Administrator shall by regulation require the public water system to continue to monitor for the detected contaminant for such period, at such frequency, and at such levels of concentration as the Administrator determines to be appropriate.

            `(II) NO EFFECT ON LIST- Continued monitoring required under subclause (I) shall not affect the listing of or monitoring for contaminants required under clause (i).'.

    (b) Occurrence Data Base- Section 1445(g) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j-4(g)) is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (3)--

        (A) by striking `The data shall be used' and inserting the following:

        `(A) IN GENERAL- The data contained in the occurrence data base--

          `(i) may be used by the public; and

          `(ii) shall be used'; and

        (B) by adding at the end the following:

        `(B) EVALUATION OF USABILITY- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this subparagraph, the Administrator shall--

          `(i) evaluate the extent to which data maintained in the occurrence data base under this subsection are accessible to and useable by the public; and

          `(ii) implement any recommendations of the Administrator for making those data more accessible to and useable by the public.'; and

      (2) in paragraph (5), by inserting `and useable by' after `available to'.

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