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June 18, 2020

Diane VanDe Hei, Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), released the following statement today following the announcement by U.S. EPA of its regulatory determination on perchlorate:

“The Safe Drinking Water Act empowers EPA to promulgate national primary drinking water regulations for a contaminant when there is a meaningful opportunity for health risk reduction. Because several states where perchlorate contamination is most prevalent have already addressed the perchlorate contamination or developed their own drinking water standards for the substance, AMWA agrees that a new national standard would appear to offer a minimal opportunity for further health risk reduction at this time. We appreciate EPA’s diligence in coming to this decision, and we stand ready to examine any new scientific information or data that may justify revisiting this determination in the future.”