IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 11, 2015
Mr. Brown (for himself and Mr. Portman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works
To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to publish a health advisory and submit reports with respect to microcystins in drinking water.
This Act may be cited as the
Safe and Secure Drinking Water Protection Act of 2015.
Microcystins in drinking water
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (referred to in this Act as the
Administrator) shall develop and publish a health advisory including recommendations on—
the level of microcystins in drinking water below which the water is expected to be safe for human consumption; and
feasible treatment techniques and other means for achieving that level; and
standardized procedures for testing for microcystins in drinking water.
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, and each year thereafter, the Administrator shall submit to Congress a report that includes—
a description of the status of the efforts of the Administrator to determine whether to regulate drinking water with respect to the level of microcystins;
a description of the steps taken by the Administrator to promote testing of drinking water for microcystins in areas that have been affected by harmful algal blooms; and
an analysis of available treatment techniques and other means for addressing microcystins in drinking water.