EPA  816-Z-01-008
               Federal Register/Vol.  66, No. 171/Tuesday,  September 4, 2001/Proposed Rules
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
AGENCY

40 CFR Part 141

[FRL-7048-9]

Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring
Regulation for Public Water Systems;
Amendment to the List 2 Rule and
Partial Delay of Reporting of
Monitoring Results

AGENCY: Environmental Protection
Agency.
ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: The Safe Drinking Water Act
(SDWA), as amended in 1996, requires
the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency to establish criteria for a
program to monitor unregulated
contaminants and to publish a list of
contaminants to be monitored. In
fulfillment of this requirement,' EPA
published Revisions to the Unregulated
Contaminant Monitoring Regulation
(UCMR) for public water systems on
September 17,1999 (64 FR 50556),
March 2, 2000  (65 FR 11372) and
January 11, 2001  (66 FR 2273), which
included lists of contaminants for which
monitoring was required or would be
required in the future. EPA is proposing
to correct an omission in the January 11,
2001, List 2 UCMR concerning
laboratory certification. This correction
will automatically approve laboratories
of public water systems, that are
certified to conduct compliance
monitoring using Method 515.3, to also
use Method 515.4 for UCMR analyses.
Additionally, EPA is delaying
requirements for  the electronic reporting
of unregulated contaminant monitoring
results until its electronic reporting
system is ready to accept data. The
January 11, 2001, List 2 UCMR requires
certain public water systems to start
reporting the results of their unregulated
contaminant monitoring to EPA
electronically by July 1, 2001. This
proposed rule notifies such public water
systems that the electronic reporting
system that EPA is developing to accept
monitoring data is not ready, and that
EPA is removing the reporting
requirement until it  is available. This
action does not delay or suspend the
implementation of any of the
requirements of the Unregulated
Contaminant Monitoring Regulations for
sample collection and analysis on the
previously established schedule.
DATES: Comments must be received in
writing by October 4, 2001.
ADDRESSES: Please send an original and
three copies of your comments and
enclosures (including references) to
docket number W-00-Ol-ITJ, Comment
Clerk, Water Docket (MC4101), USEPA,
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,
Washington, DC 20460. Hand deliveries
should be delivered to EPA's Water
Docket at 401 M. St., SW., Room EB57,
Washington, DC. Commenters who want
EPA to acknowledge receipt of their
comments should enclose a self-
addressed, stamped envelope. No
facsimiles (faxes) will be accepted.
Comments may also be submitted
electronically to ow-
docket@epamail.epa.gov. Electronic
comments must be submitted as a Word
Perfect (WP), WP5.1, WP6.1 or WPS file
or as an ASCII file avoiding the use of
special characters and forms of
encryption. Electronic comments must
be identified by the docket number Wó
OO-Ol-IH. Comments and data will also
be accepted on disks in WP 5.1, 6.1, 8
or ASCII file format. Electronic
comments on this proposed rule may be
filed online at many Federal Depository
Libraries.
  The record for this proposed
rulemaking has been established under
docket number W-00-01-m and
includes supporting documentation as
well as printed, paper versions of
electronic comments. The record is
available for inspection from 9 to 4 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, excluding legal
holidays at the Water Docket, EB 57,
USEPA Headquarters, 401 M.,
Washington, DC. For access to docket
materials, please call 202/260-3027 to
schedule an appointment.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Charles Job (202-260-7084) or Jeffrey
Bryan (202-260-4934), Drinking Water
Protection Division, Office of Ground
Water and Drinking Water (MC-4607),
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20460. General
information about UCMR may be
obtained from the EPA Safe Drinking
Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791. The
Hotline operates Monday through
Friday, excluding Federal holidays,
from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA is
proposing to approve revisions to the
January 11, 2001, UCMR for Public
Water Systems. In the "Rules and
Regulations" section of today's Federal
Register, EPA is approving revisions to
the Unregulated Contaminant
Monitoring Regulation for Public Water
Systems as a direct final rule  without
prior proposal because EPA views these
as noncontroversial revisions and
anticipates no adverse comment. EPA
has explained our reasons for this
approval in the preamble to the direct
final rale. If EPA receives no  adverse
comment, it will not take further action
on this proposed rule. If EPA receives
adverse comment, the Agency will
withdraw the direct final rule and it will
not take effect. EPA would then address
all public comments in a subsequent
final rule based on this proposed rule.
EPA will not institute a second
comment period on this action. Any
parlies interested in commenting must
do so at this time. For further
information, please see the information
provided in the direct final rule titled
"Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring
Regulation for Public Water Systems;
Amendment to the List 2 Rule and
Partial Delay of Reporting of Monitoring
Results" that is located in the "Rules
and Regulations" section of this Federal
Register publication. For the various
statutes and executive orders that
require findings for rulemaking, EPA
incorporates the findings from the direct
final rule into this companion proposal
for the purpose of providing public
notice and opportunity for comment.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 141
  Environmental protection, Chemicals,
Indian lands, Intergovernmental
relations, Radiation protection,
Reporting and recordkeeping
requirements, Water supply.
  Dated: August 28, 2001.
Christine Todd Whitman,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 01-22115 Filed 8-29-01; 2:33 pm]
BILLING CODE  6560-50-P
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17
RIN 1018-AH07

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
and Plants; Notice of Availability of
Draft Economic Analysis, Reopening
of Comment Period, and Notice of
Public Hearing for the Proposed
Critical Habitat Determination for the
San Bernardino  Kangaroo Rat

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service,
Interior.
ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of
availability of draft economic analysis,
reopening of public  comment period,
and notice of public hearing.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service  (Service), announce the
availability of the draft economic
analysis for the proposed determination
of critical habitat for the San Bernardino
kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami

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