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THE UCMR UPDATE
                               Issue 10
Rolling Out the Red Carpet  March 2007
Editor's Notes
The sequel to the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring
Regulation outshines the previous release. This action
packed thriller is full of adventures and drama beyond
your wildest imagination. The casting in UCMR 2 is
magnificent. The States do a sensational job assisting
with implementation. Water systems show their diverse
talents playing many daredevilish roles. Not only do
they sample, but they also tackle the Safe Drinking
Water Accession and Review System (SDWARS) head
on. Laboratories demonstrate their extraordinary abili-
ties meeting the application and proficiency testing
(PT) criteria of the Laboratory Approval Program. The
suspense of monitoring is mind-boggling! Will the water
samples be below the minimum reporting limit (MRL)?
Can you handle the thrill?
Movie Gallery
Editor's Notes 2
Movie Gallery 2
Paparazzi Crowd for Signing of UCMR 2 3
Box Office Blockbuster 3
Laboratory Sneak Reviews 4
PWSs Signing Laboratories 4
PWSs on the Walk of Fame 4
The Award Goes to: States & Regions 5
Large PWSs Buzzing About SDWARS2 6
Assessment Monitoring "List 1" 8
Screening Survey "List 2" 9
Coming Soon: Remember These Dates 10
Director's Cut Webcasts 11
Deleted Scenes: Want to Know More? 11
Fan Forum: Contacting EPA 11
Hot Gossip: Contact Information 11
Brenda Parris, Editor
O.R.I. S.E. Fellow
Technical Support
Center
Rating
(4.5 out of 5)
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EPA 815-N-07-002a
UCMR Update
Issue Number 10-
Issued by the
Technical Support
Center (TSC) of
the Office of
Ground Water and
Drinking Water
(OGWDW). Future
Updates will be
distributed as
needed to maintain
the flow of Un-
regulated Contami-
nant Monitoring
Regulation
(UCMR) informa-
tion.
                                                                       Director's Cut Webcasts
                                                           EPA hosted three well attended Webcasts in February. Those who missed
                                                           the Webcasts may access the materials at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/
                                                           dwa/electronic.html. Additional Webcasts may be conducted on an as-
                                                           needed basis.

                                                             Deleted Scenes: Want to Know More?
                                                           Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Regulation
                                                           http://www.epa.gov/safewater/ucmr/ucmr2

                                                                    Fan Forum: Contacting EPA
                                                           Safe Drinking Water Hotline: General UCMR questions: 1-800-426-4791
                                                           CDtySDWARS Help Desk: SDWARS/UCMR registration and reporting sys-
                                                           tem questions: 1-888-890-1995
                                                           Message Center: UCMR implementation questions: 1-800-949-1581
                                                                                                        Laboratories and PWSs:
                                                                                                        When contacting EPA
                                                                                                        about UCMR issues, please
                                                                                                        use youi U.S. EPA Lab ID
                                                                                                        01 Federal PWSID,
                                                                                                        respectively.
                                                           TSC Mail Correspondences:
                                                                  UCMR Sampling Coordinator
                                                                  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                                                                  Technical Support Center (MS-140)
                                                                  26. W. Martin Luther King Drive
                                                                  Cincinnati, OH 45268
                                                           Fax: 513-569-7191
                                                           E-mail: UCMR_Sampling_Coordinator@epa.gov
                                                                Hot Gossip: Contact Information
                                                           Please contact EPA if you are not the correct person to receive this newslet-
                                                           ter or if your address needs to be corrected. Please include your name,
                                                           PWSID (or LabID), the name of the PWS or laboratory, and include the way
                                                           you want to receive the newsletter: e-mail or mail. If you do not want to re-
                                                           ceive this newsletter, please make your request using the e-mail provided
                                                           above, and include your name, PWSID (or LabID) and the name of the PWS
                                                           or laboratory.
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                     Coming Soon
            Remember These Dates
Important Date
January 4, 2007
Final UCMR 2 published in Federal Register
Reporting Deadlines Identified in Final UCMR 2
April 4, 2007
April 4, 2007
May 4, 2007
August 2, 2007
August 2, 2007
After August 2,
2007
PWSs serving more than 10,000 people establish an
account in CDXand report contact information to
SDWARS2
Laboratories submit Laboratory Approval Program
registration sheet to EPA
(Optional) PWSs serving more than 10,000 people
may submit a proposed Ground Water Representative
Monitoring Plan to EPA, if applicable
PWSs serving more than 10,000 people
(1) Review and edit, as needed, their sampling loca-
tion and inventory information in SDWARS2
(2) Review and edit, as needed, their monitoring
schedule in SDWARS2
Laboratories submit applications
PWSs serving more than 10,000 people must:
(1) Notify EPA of sampling location and inventory
changes
(2) Notify EPA if unable to sample according to their
established schedule
Reporting Monitoring Results
Within 120 days from
sample collection
Within 60 days from
lab posting data
EPA approved labs must post monitoring results to
SDWARS2
PWSs serving more than 10,000 people can re-
view/approve data using SDWARS2
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               Paparazzi Crowd for
                 Signing of UCIVIR 2

EPA's Administrator, Stephen L. Johnson signed the second cycle of the
Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Regulation (UCMR 2) on December
20, 2006 and the rule was published on January 4, 2007. The UCMR 2
requires:
  All public water systems (PWSs) serving more than 10,000 people, and
   a representative sample of 800 PWSs serving 10,000 or fewer people,
   to conduct Assessment Monitoring (List 1) for 10 contaminants during
   a 12-month period between January 2008 and December 2010.
  All PWSs serving more than 100,000 people, 320
   selected PWSs serving 10,001 to 100,000 people,
   and 480 selected PWSs serving 10,000 or fewer peo-
   ple to conduct the Screening Survey (List 2) for 15
   contaminants during a 12-month period between
   January 2008 and  December 2010.
  All laboratories gain EPA approval to analyze samples
   for UCMR 2 through the Laboratory Approval Program.  Eicitement in the airl
                                                                         Box Office Blockbuster

                                                            The 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) amendments required EPA to
                                                            establish monitoring criteria for unregulated contaminants, and to identify
                                                            a maximum of 30 contaminants to monitor every five years. As a result, the
                                                            UCMR program was developed. The data collected through the program is
                                                            stored in the National Drinking Water Contaminant Occurrence Database
                                                            (NCOD) to facilitate EPA's review of contaminant occurrence, and to guide
                                                            the development of subsequent Candidate Contaminant Lists (CCLs).

                                                            The UCMR program benefits the environment and public health by provid-
                                                            ing EPA and other interested parties with scientific data on the occurrence
                                                            of these contaminants in drinking water, permitting assessment of the
                                                            population potentially being exposed and the levels of that exposure. This
                                                            is the primary source of exposure data the Agency uses to determine
                                                            whether to regulate these contaminants.
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          Laboratory Sneak Reviews

EPA congratulates all laboratories that passed either the first or second
proficiency test (PT)! Please contact EPA if you did not receive your results
letter by the end of January 2007. Thank you for participating in the Labo-
ratory Approval Program and preparingfor UCMR 2's success.
Laboratories needing approval should anticipate PT #3 |
in March, PT #4 in June, and PT #5 in September. For
additional information regarding the steps to become
an approved laboratory for UCMR 2, refer to: http://
www.epa.gov/safewater/ucmr/ucmr2/labs.html
LABORATORIES: It is not

too late to register foi the

Laboratory Approval

Program. Please return

the REGISTRATION FORM

to EPA by April 4, 2007.
          PWSs Signing Laboratories
EPA posted the list of laboratories approved to analyze samples for UCMR
2 on the Web site: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/ucmr/ucmr2/labs.html
and will update this list after PT #3, PT #4 and PT #5.  PWSs should refer to
this list when searching for a laboratory to analyze UCMR 2 samples. If you
have any questions a bout establish ing a contract with the laboratories,
please refer to Chapter 5 in the UCMR 2 Reference Guide: http://
www.epa.gov/safewater/ucmr/ucmr2/utilities.html

           PWSs on the Walk of Fame

Want to know what  it takes to be on the Walk of Fame? PWSs listen
closely....
   June 30, 2005  is the date EPA used when determining your total popu-
    lation served, for purposes of rule applicability.
   Your total population served is the sum of the direct retail population
    served plus the population served, if any, by any consecutive system(s)
    receiving finished water from the wholesaler PWS. (Total Population
    Served = Direct Retail Population + Consecutive System(s) Population)
   Finished water  is water introduced into a distribution system and in-
    tended for distribution and consumption without further treatment
    (except necessary treatment to maintain water quality in the distribu-
    tion system, such as  booster disinfection, or addition of corrosion con-
    trol chemicals).
   Monitoring must be completed within a 12-month period between
    January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010.
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          Page 4
Screening Survey "List 2"
Contaminant & CAS1 Registry Number MRL2 Method3
Three Parent Acetanilides
Acetochlor
34256-82-1
Alachlor
15972-60-8
Metolachlor
51218-45-2
2ug/L
2ug/L
lUg/L
EPA 525.2
SixAcetanilide Degradates
Acetochlor ethane sulfonic acid (ESA)
187022-11-3
Acetochlor oxanilic acid (OA)
184992-44-4
Alachlor ESA
142363-53-9
Alachlor OA
171262-17-2
Metolachlor ESA
171118-09-5
Metolachlor OA
152019-73-3
lUg/L
2ug/L
lUg/L
2ug/L
lUg/L
2ug/L
EPA 535
Six Nitrosamines
N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA)
55-18-5
N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)
62-75-9
N-nitrosodi-n-butylamine (NDBA)
924-16-3
N-nitrosodi-n-propylamine (NDPA)
621-64-7
N-nitrosomethylethylamine (NMEA)
10595-95-6
N-nitrosopyrrolidine (NPYR)
930-55-2
0.005 Mg/L
0.002 Mg/L
0.004 Mg/L
0.007 Mg/L
0.003 Mg/L
0.002 Mg/L
EPA 521
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     Assessment Monitoring "List  1"
Contaminant & CAS1 Registry Number MRL2 Method3
One Insecticide and One Insecticide Degradate
Dimethoate
60-51-5
Terbufos sulfone
56070-16-7
0.7 |Jg/L
0.4 |Jg/L
Five Flame Retardants
2,2',4,4'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47)
5436-43-1
2,2',4,4',5-pentabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-99)
60348-60-9
2,2',4,4',5,5'-hexabromobiphenyl (HBB)
59080-40-9
2,2',4,4',5,5'-hexabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-153)
68631-49-2
2,2',4,4',6-pentabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-100)
189084-64-8
0.3 |Jg/L
0.9 |Jg/L
0.7 |Jg/L
0.8 |Jg/L
0.5 |Jg/L
EPA 527
Three Explosives
1,3-dinitrobenzene
99-65-0
2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT)
118-96-7
Hexahydro-l,3,5-trinitro-l,3,5-triazine (RDX)
121-82-4
0.8 |Jg/L
0.8 |Jg/L
lUg/L
EPA 529
                    Abbreviations for contaminants tables on pages 8 and 9
                    1 Chemical Abstracts Number
                    2 Minimum Reporting Level
                    3 EPAAnalytical Method
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  Continue: PWSs on the Walk of Fame
   PWSs are grouped into three population categories:
      * More than 100,000. All PWSs serving more than 100,000 people
        must participate in Assessment Monitoring (AM) and the Screen-
        ing Survey (SS).
           *  Must arrange and coordinate sampling, arrange for sample
              analysis, and review/approve data in SDWARS.
      * 10,001-100,000. All PWSs serving more than 10,000 people
        must participate in AM. Plus, 320 selected PWSs serving 10,001-
        100,000 people must participate in the SS.
           *  Must arrange and coordinate sampling, arrange for sample
              analysis, and review/approve data in SDWARS.
      * 10,000 or fewer. 800 selected PWSs must participate in AM, and
        480 selected PWSs must participate in the SS.
           *  Must sample using kits provided by EPA, and send samples
              to the assigned EPA contract lab.
   All PWSs have an assigned monitoring schedule, though it can be
    modified.
   Assessment Monitoring is required at each entry point to the distribu-
    tion system (EPTDS). The Screening Survey is required at each EPTDS
    and, for method 521, at the distribution system maximum residence
    time (DSMRT) associated with that EPTDS.
   Surface water systems must sample quarterly, 3 months apart, within
    a  12-month period, and ground water systems must sample twice, 5-7
    months apart, within a 12-month period.
   All PWSs must use laboratories that are EPA approved to analyze sam-
    plesforUCMR2.

  The Award Goes to: States & Regions
EPA wants to thank all Regions and partnering States for their
assistance in implementing UCMR 2. Thus far, this includes
signing Partnership Agreements (PAs), reviewing the State
Monitoring Plans (SMPs), gathering large system inventory
(LSI), and notifying PWSs. We look forward to working with you
throughout the UCMR 2 cycle. (Now, please stand up and take
a bow.)
                                                                                                                                   States & Regions
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  Large PWSs Buzzing about SDWARS2

I know that the anticipated release of the second version of the Safe Drink-
ing Water Accession and Review System (SDWARS2) has kept many of you
up at night. This state of the art, glamorous, much improved database out-
shines SDWARS1 beyond your wildest imagination.
SDWARS2 is your lifeline for the majority of your
UCMR 2 reporting requirements: http://cdx.epa.gov
All PWSs serving more than 10,000 people should
follow these red carpet steps:
PWSs sewing more than

10,000 people,

laboratories, States,

Regions and EPA

Headquaiteis use

SDWARS2.
1.  Register. All PWS users that did not pre-register in the spring of 2006,
    should have received a Customer Retrieval Key (CRK) letter in August
    2006. Many of you have already registered for SDWARS2 through the
    Central Data Exchange (CDX) during pre-registration or using your CRK
    letter. The remaining PWSs should register now using your assigned
    CRK letter! If you do not have your CRK letter, please call the UCMR
    Message Center at 1-800-949-1581.

2.  Contacts. Once you have registered, you must establish at least two
    contacts within SDWARS2 before you can  proceed. All PWSs must en-
    ter an official and technical contact within SDWARS before April 4,
    2007. Additional contacts are labeled as "Other." One of the best new
    functions of the database allows you the choice of receiving automatic
    e-mails when your lab posts data. Thus, you always know when to
    check back to SDWARS2.

3.  Nominate.  If you have a CDX account for SDWARS, and want others at
    your PWS to have access, please "nominate" them. You can nominate
    new contacts using the Nominate User function within SDWARS2.

4.  Inventory. Please verify that your inventory of sample locations listed in
    SDWARS2  is correct. If you have any changes, please make them
    within SDWARS before August 2, 2007. After August 2, 2007 you must
    write EPA using either the mailing address, e-mail or fax listed in the
    Fan Forum Section on page 9 of this Update, provide reasons for the
    change, and wait for a response before you can change your inventory.
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5.   Schedule. EPA established sampling schedules for every PWS, and
    posted them in SDWARS2. If you must change your schedule, you can
    make changes within SDWARS2 before August 2, 2007. After August 2,
    2007 you must write EPA using either the mailing address, e-mail or
    fax listed in the Fan  Forum Section on page 9 of this Update, provide
    reasons for the change, and wait for a response before you can change
    your schedule.

6.   Laboratory. Laboratories approved to analyze
    samples for UCMR 2 are posted on the Web
    site: http://www.epa .gov/safewater/ucmr/
    ucmr2/labs.html. Please refer to this list when
    researching for a laboratory to analyze your
    UCMR 2 samples. If  you have any questions
    about establishing a contract with the laborato-
    ries, please refer to Chapter 5 in the UCMR 2
    Reference Guide, http://www.epa.gov/
    safewater/ucmr/ucmr2/utilities.html. After you
    have established a contract with your labora-
    tory, please instruct  your lab to add your PWS
    to their client list within SDWARS2. EPA plans
    to give laboratories access to SDWARS in late summer or early fall of
    2007.
                                                                                 Bright, Shiny, Better
                                 7.  Data. Your contracted laboratory must post your UCMR 2 data to
                                    SDWARS2 within 120 days from the sample collection date. Unless you
                                    un-checkthe "receive e-mail notification checkbox" during registration,
                                    you will receive e-mails notifying you when your laboratory has posted
                                    data to SDWARS2. Your PWS only has 60 days to review and act upon
                                    the data in SDWARS2.

                                 Important. The functions available in SDWARS change over time. Before
                                 2008, you will not see the functions to review and approve data in
                                 SDWARS2. However, after monitoring begins EPA will activate those func-
                                 tions for you.
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