States Underreport Drinking Water Violations: GAO

Law360, New York (July 19, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT) -- States are falling short in reporting drinking water violations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, hampering the regulator's ability to crack down on systems that seriously breach health standards, a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday said.

The 74-page report was critical of data that states provide to the EPA for measuring whether community water systems are meeting the Safe Drinking Water Act's health and monitoring requirements. The government watchdog said the state-supplied information that its review covered did not “reliably reflect” the number of...
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