[Federal Register Volume 68, Number 183 (Monday, September 22, 2003)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 55023]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 03-24121]



40 CFR Parts 141, 142, and 143

RIN 2040-AD37, 2040-AD38

Stakeholder Meetings Concerning the Long-Term 2 Enhanced Surface 
Water Treatment Rule and Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection 
Byproducts Rule Proposals; Notice of Public Meetings

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of meetings.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of two public stakeholder meetings on 
the following proposed drinking water regulations: The Long-Term 2 
Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2ESWTR) (68 FR 47639, August 
11, 2003) and the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts 
Rule (DBPR) (68 FR 49547, August 18, 2003). The Environmental 
Protection Agency (EPA) is developing these regulations under the Safe 
Drinking Water Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.), to increase 
protection against risks associated with microbial pathogens and 
disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in drinking water. The purpose of these 
meetings is to provide information that will assist stakeholders in 
evaluating the proposals, which are currently open for public comment.
    The meetings will be held as teleconferences and presentation 
slides will be broadcast using the Internet. EPA will present the same 
information at both meetings, with the second meeting intended for 
those unable to participate in the first. The call-in number and 
Internet address for these meetings will be provided to participants 
upon registration. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section in this 
notice for information on how to register.

DATES: The first meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., 
Eastern standard time on October 9, 2003. The second meeting will be 
held at the same time of day on October 16, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general background information or 
to obtain a copy of the LT2ESWTR and Stage 2 DBPR proposals, please 
contact the Safe Drinking Water Hotline, phone: (800) 426-4791 or (703) 
285-1093, e-mail: [email protected]. For additional information 
about these meetings, please contact Dan Schmelling, Office of Ground 
Water and Drinking Water (MC 4607M), U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, phone: (202) 
564-5281, e-mail: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: To participate in these meetings, please 
register at the following Internet site: http://e1.e2c.com/enc/enc_pc_regPage?rpgid=10633189770192 rpgid=10633189770192. Any person needing special 
accommodations for these meetings should contact Dan Schmelling (see 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section) at least five business days 
before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
    The LT2ESWTR applies to all public water systems that use surface 
water or ground water under the direct influence of surface water. This 
proposed regulation would establish additional risk-targeted treatment 
requirements for Cryptosporidium. It also contains provisions to 
address risks associated with uncovered finished water storage 
facilities and to ensure systems maintain microbial protection as they 
take steps to reduce the formation of DBPs.
    The Stage 2 DBPR applies to all public water systems that add a 
disinfectant other than ultraviolet light. This proposed regulation 
would establish revised procedures for monitoring and determining 
compliance with the maximum contaminant levels for trihalomethanes 
(THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs). It contains specific provisions for 
consecutive systems.
    During the meetings announced herein, EPA will present summary 
information on the LT2ESWTR and Stage 2 DBPR. This will include public 
health concerns, proposed regulatory requirements, implementation 
schedules, estimated costs and benefits, implementation tools, and 
other issues. These presentations are designed to aid the public in 
understanding the proposals and developing comments on them. These 
meetings are not intended to solicit public comments on the proposals. 
Anyone seeking to submit comments must follow the procedures specified 
in section I.C. of the proposals, as published in the Federal Register 
(citations noted previously).

    Dated: September 16, 2003.
Nanci E. Gelb,
Acting Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.
[FR Doc. 03-24121 Filed 9-18-03; 12:01 pm]