Tags: EPA | clean | water | violations | GAO

GAO Report: 84% of Clean Water Violations Unreported

Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 01:42 PM

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
States are flouting their duty to report health violations in drinking water to such an extent that Environmental Protection Agency audits of 43 states found that 84 percent of violations were not reported in 2009, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) review.

EPA, clean water, GAOThe GAO said the findings undermine the reliability of data collected under the Safe Drinking Water Act, The Washington Post reported. The GAO, which did not break down the findings by state, noted that U.S. drinking water is among the safest in the world, but “waterborne-disease outbreaks caused by ¬microorganisms do still occur,” the Post reported.

The GAO reported that “11 states had 20 outbreaks of illness associated with drinking water in 2005 and 2006 that resulted in 612 illnesses and four deaths,” according to the Post.

“They say that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — but when it comes to drinking water, it turns out that, all too often, EPA has no idea whether it’s broke,” said Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., a member of the Natural Resources Committee.

The EPA “needs complete and accurate data” to determine the level of contaminants in drinking water, the Post quoted the GAO report as saying. It also recommended that the EPA resume data collection, discontinued in 2009, that shows whether states are reporting violations accurately.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Medicare Extends Priority Appeals Process for Seniors

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 07:41 AM

The federal office responsible for appeals for Medicare coverage says that it will extend the policy that gives priority . . .

Another Hacker Group Warns Sony: Release 'Interview' or Else

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 07:24 AM

Competing pressures from different groups of hackers are being brought to bear on Sony Pictures over the decision not to . . .

GOP Weighs Big Changes at Congressional Budget Office

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 07:06 AM

When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved