Reduce Water's Arsenic Or Pay $32K Per Day: EPA

Law360, New York (October 29, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Eleven California public water systems must reduce the amount of arsenic in their drinking water or pay fines as steep as $32,500 a day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered.

The arsenic levels in those systems don't comply with the latest national standard set by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA said Tuesday.

In 2001, the EPA changed the standard from 50 to 10 parts per billion, giving water systems across the country until 2006 to lower their arsenic levels.

The 11 California...
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