EPA Administrator Signs Methods Update Proposal

March 24, 2004

The EPA’s Administrator Mike Leavitt signed a Federal Register notice recently announcing proposed changes to sampling and analysis procedures under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act compliance monitoring programs.

The changes would approve new and improved analytical methods for compliance monitoring and withdraw older EPA methods, including CFC-113 based oil and grease methods and methods with technical deficiencies.

The EPA is also proposing new sample collection procedures, general analytical requirements for multi-analyte methods, and additional method flexibility requirements for its Clean Water Act programs. EPA is soliciting comment on the Agency's microbiological alternate test procedure guidance document, and the deadline for comments is 60 days after publication of the FR notice.

Source: EPA