Pascrell, Menendez, Booker Call for EPA to Increase Public Engagement on Reservoir Rule

Lawmakers cite need for increased community, EPA involvement in request to Regional Administrator

PATERSON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) announced that they are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to meet with Passaic County residents to explain the Long Term 2 Enhanced Water Treatment Rule (LT2), a rule published by the EPA in 2006 to provide public health protection from illness due to microbial pathogens in drinking water. The Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) has developed a plan for the three open air reservoirs they manage to comply with LT2 by draining a portion of the reservoirs and replacing them with concrete storage tanks.

“We believe that all parties—state, federal and local—can come together around a common sense strategy to protect public health in a cost effective manner,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to EPA. “To that end, before this plan advances any further, we would request that the Environmental Protection Agency come to Passaic County, meet with members of the community, and explain the LT2 rule and why its implementation is important for public health and the environmental protection of our communities. Furthermore, EPA can and should work with the community and the water commission to develop a mutually acceptable implementation strategy to meet this federal mandate.”

Posted October 06 2014 at 8:06 PM Permanent Link

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