Drinking water: National primary drinking water regulations— Long term 1 enhanced surface water treatment and filter backwash recycling; meeting,

[Federal Register: June 23, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 120)]

[Proposed Rules]

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National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule and Filter Backwash Recycling Rule Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule; announcement of public meeting.

SUMMARY: EPA is in the nascent stages of development for both the Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT1ESWTR) and the Filter Backwash Recycling Rule (FBRR). The Agency is holding these public meetings to share information with interested parties and to solicit feedback from them. The LT1ESWTR rule will primarily address microbial risks at systems serving under 10,000 people. Development of the rule's requirements will begin by considering the appropriateness of the Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (IESWTR) regulatory template. The rule is to be promulgated by November 2000.

The FBRR rule will provide, for the first time, federal regulatory requirements governing the recycle of filter backwash within the treatment process of public utilities. The rule will apply to utilities of all sizes that backwash filters. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires that the final regulation be promulgated by August of 2000.

In keeping with its open door policy for meetings with the public, EPA is inviting all interested members of the public to attend these meetings, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

DATES: The LT1ESWTR public meeting will be held on July 22, 1998, and will begin at 8:30 a.m. local time. The FBRR public meeting will begin at the same time on July 23, 1998. Both public meetings will conclude at approximately 4:30 p.m. local time.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at U.S. EPA, Region 8 Office, 999 18th Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80202-2466.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information on the LT1ESWTR public meeting, please contact Steve Potts at (202) 260-5015. For the FBRR public meeting, please contact Bill Hamele at (202) 260- 2584.

Dated: June 17, 1998 Cynthia C. Dougherty, Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Office of Water.

[FR Doc. 98-16671Filed6-22-98; 8:45 am]