WASHINGTON (NEWS10) – On Thursday, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act that requires the Environmental Protection Agency to expand water testing for unregulated contaminants to all public water systems. Under the current law, the EPA is only required to test for unregulated contaminants in water systems serving over 10,000 people. “With one-third of all New Yorkers and millions of Americans nationwide getting their drinking water from water sources not subject to testing by the EPA, the Senate must take action immediately to close the loophole that exempts smaller public water systems from inspection,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “My amendment would do that by requiring the EPA to test for all potential contaminants in all public water supplies. As we have seen from the devastating situation in the Hoosick Falls area, having a smaller population doesn’t mean a community is immune from a dangerous water contamination crisis.
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