HR.212 - Drinking Water Protection Act

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2/24/2015--Passed House amended. Drinking Water Protection Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and submit to Congress a strategic plan for assessing and managing risks associated with algal toxins in drinking water provided by public water systems. Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, have the ability to produce cyanotoxins, or algal toxins. When certain conditions are favorable, algae can rapidly multiply causing blooms, or dense surface scums, that may be toxic. The plan must include steps and time lines to: evaluate the risk to human health from drinking water contaminated with algal toxins; establish, publish, and update a comprehensive list of algal toxins that may have an adverse effect on human health, taking into account likely exposure levels; summarize the known adverse human health effects of algal toxins and the factors that cause toxin-producing cyanobacteria and algae to grow rapidly and make toxins; determine whether to publish health advisories for algal toxins and establish guidance regarding feasible analytical methods to quantify the presence of algal toxins and guidance regarding the frequency of monitoring necessary to determine if the algal toxins are present; recommend feasible treatment options, including procedures, equipment, and source water protection practices; and enter into cooperative agreements with, and provide technical assistance to, affected states and public water systems to manage risks associated with algal toxins. The EPA must update and resubmit the plan as appropriate. The EPA must identify gaps in its understanding of algal toxins. It must also assemble and publish information from each agency that has examined or analyzed cyanobacteria or algal toxins or addressed public health concerns related to harmful algal blooms. The Government Accountability Office must submit to Congress an inventory of funds expended by the United States for each of FY2010 through 2014 to examine or analyze toxin-producing cyanobacteria and algae or address public health concerns related to harmful algal blooms. The inventory must include the specific purpose for which the funds were made available, the law under which the funds were authorized, and the agency that received or spent the funds.

Received In The Senate.
February 25th 2015 @ 12:00 AM

The Title Of The Measure Was Amended. Agreed To Without Objection.
February 24th 2015 @ 6:58 PM

On Motion To Suspend The Rules And Pass The Bill, As Amended Agreed To By The Yeas And Nays: (2/3 Required): 375 - 37 (roll No. 84).
February 24th 2015 @ 6:58 PM

Motion To Reconsider Laid On The Table Agreed To Without Objection.
February 24th 2015 @ 6:58 PM

Considered As Unfinished Business.
February 24th 2015 @ 6:31 PM

At The Conclusion Of Debate, The Yeas And Nays Were Demanded And Ordered. Pursuant To The Provisions Of Clause 8, Rule Xx, The Chair Announced That Further Proceedings On The Motion Would Be Postponed.
February 24th 2015 @ 4:12 PM

Debate - The House Proceeded With Forty Minutes Of Debate On H.r. 212.
February 24th 2015 @ 4:04 PM

Considered Under Suspension Of The Rules.
February 24th 2015 @ 4:04 PM

Mr. Latta Moved To Suspend The Rules And Pass The Bill, As Amended.
February 24th 2015 @ 4:04 PM

Placed On The Union Calendar, Calendar No. 18.
February 24th 2015 @ 12:15 PM

Reported (amended) By The Committee On Energy And Commerce. H. Rept. 114-26.
February 24th 2015 @ 12:13 PM

Referred To The Subcommittee On Environment And The Economy.
January 9th 2015 @ 12:00 AM

Referred To The House Committee On Energy And Commerce.
January 8th 2015 @ 12:00 AM

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