[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 43 (Wednesday, March 5, 1997)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 10175]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-4890]

Federal Register / Vol. 62, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 5, 1997 / 
Proposed Rules

[[Page 10175]]


40 CFR Part 141

RIN 2040-AC88

National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Analytical Methods 
for Radionuclides

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: Today, EPA is proposing to approve twelve analytical test 
procedures for monitoring compliance with radionuclide standards under 
the Safe Drinking Water Act. During the public comment period on an 
earlier rulemaking proposal (56 FR 33050, July 18, 1991), EPA received 
comments requesting approval of additional analytical test procedures 
for radionuclides. In the final rules section of this Federal Register, 
the Agency is promulgating these twelve analytical test procedures as a 
``direct'' final rule because the Agency does not expect adverse 
comments and wants to provide for use of these additional test 
procedures as soon as possible. This proposal invites comment on the 
substance of the direct final rule (addressing twelve unproposed test 
methods) in the ``final rules'' section of today's Federal Register.

DATES: Comments on the twelve methods in this proposed rule must be 
received in writing by April 4, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on this proposed rule may be submitted to 
Chemistry Methods Docket Clerk, Water Docket, MC 4101, 401 M Street, 
SW, Washington, DC 20460. Comments will be considered to be timely if 
they are postmarked by April 4, 1997. Commenters who would like 
acknowledgement of receipt of their comments should include a self-
addressed, stamped envelope. No facsimiles (faxes) will be accepted.
    A copy of the supporting information for this rule is available for 
review at EPA's Water Docket, 401 M Street, SW, Washington, DC 20460. 
For access to the docket materials, call (202) 260-3027 between 9 a.m. 
and 3:30 p.m. (Eastern time) for an appointment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Richard Reding, Office of Ground 
Water and Drinking Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 26 West 
Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45268, 513-569-7961; Dr. 
Jitendra Saxena, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (4603), U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M Street, SW, Washington, DC 
20460, 202-260-9579; or one of the EPA Regional Office contacts listed 
below. General information may also be obtained from the EPA Drinking 
Water Hotline. Callers within the United States may reach the Safe 
Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791. The Safe Drinking Water Hotline 
is open Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, from 9:00 
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
    For technical information regarding the methods contact Stephen 
Pia, National Exposure Research Laboratory, Office of Research and 
Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, P.O. Box 93478, Las 
Vegas, NV 89193-3478, 702-798-2102.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: See the information provided in the direct 
final action which is located in the rules section of this Federal 

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 141

    Environmental protection, Analytical methods, Incorporation by 
reference, Intergovernmental relations, Monitoring, Radionuclides, 
Water supply, National primary drinking water regulations.

    Dated: February 10, 1997.
Carol M. Browner,
[FR Doc. 97-4890 Filed 3-4-97; 8:45 am]