|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 30 Apr 2009 08:51:33 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Illinois proposal for disclosure of water contamination|
[Doesn't federal law already require annual reporting of contamination
(even below drinking water standards) in public water systems of a
certain size? In most places, the debate seems to be over reporting
contaminated groundwater plumes that threaten to pollute private wells
or to enter homes as vapors, or requiring the sampling of private wells.
In my view, any party aware of groundwater contamination above drinking water standards should be required to report it to the relevant agency, and that information should be actively disclosed to the impacted public as well as registered on a public available information resource, such as a web site. - Lenny]
Proposed law aims to prevent another Crestwood BY NATHANIEL ZIMMER Southtown Star (IL) April 28, 2009An increasing number of elected officials are calling for legislation that would make it harder for municipalities to get away with supplying tainted water to residents, as Crestwood has been accused of doing.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Monday became the latest to add her name to the list, proposing that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency be required to directly notify residents by mail within two weeks if "a threat of exposure to contaminated drinking water exists." In certain situations, current state law requires notification only of the owners and operators of a water supply system.
Madigan's proposal does not change the existing standard for determining what constitutes a threat to health and when notification must be made, said Susan Hedman, environmental counsel in Madigan's office.
State Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island), who represents Crestwood, is sponsoring Madigan's proposal in the House. "The people should have some kind of notice," he said.
... For the entire article, see http://www.southtownstar.com/news/1547009,042809crestwood.article -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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