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U.S. EPA Orders California Water Systems To Decrease Arsenic In Drinking Water/ Press teleconference Today (10/28) @ 11:30 PDT, call-in information below

Release Date: 10/28/2008
Contact Information: Mary Simms (415) 947-4270, simms.mary @epa.gov or Wendy Chavez, (415) 947-4248 chavez.wendy@epa.gov

(10/28/2008 -- SAN FRANCISCO) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered 11 public drinking water systems throughout the state of California to reduce the level of arsenic in their respective drinking water systems or face penalties of up to $32,500 per day for each violation.

The EPA’s orders require the public drinking water systems to develop and meet a schedule to comply with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act’s arsenic standard of 10 ppb.

“Providing people with safe drinking water is essential and public water systems must take the steps necessary to comply with all federal standards,” said Alexis Strauss, the Water Division director for the EPA’s Pacific Southwest region.

The EPA has issued orders to the following California public water systems:

    City of Delano, Kern County
    Tranquility Irrigation District public water system, Fresno County
    Armona Community Service District public water system, Kings County
    Public Water System located at 21600 Eight Street East, Sonoma County
    Groskopf Warehousing & Logistics public water system, Sonoma County
    Lancelot Mobile Home Park public water system, Santa Rosa
    Rancho de Sonoma Mobile Home Park, Sonoma County
    Riverdale Public Utility District, Fresno County
    J Vineyards & Winery, Sonoma County
    Arvin Community Services District, Kern County
    Pla-Vada Woodlands Community Association, Nevada County

    The EPA will discuss the details of these enforcement actions during Tuesday’s press teleconference.

    Arsenic, a naturally occurring mineral found throughout the United States, is primarily found in groundwater and is a known carcinogen. Drinking high levels of arsenic over many years can increase the chance of lung, bladder and skin cancers, as well as heart disease, diabetes and neurological damage. Arsenic inhibits the body’s ability to fight off cancer and other diseases.


    PRESS TELECONFERENCE DETAILS

    WHEN:
    Tuesday 10/28 @ 11:30am PDT

    CALL IN:
    Reporters who would like to participate should RSVP via email to simms.mary@epa.gov NLT 10:30 a.m. PDT. Reporters who RSVP for the teleconference will also receive electronic copies of the orders issued to the drinking water systems. Please include name, affiliation, and contact information in RSVP. Reporters should begin calling in at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The call-in number is: (415) 947-8540.

    For more information on drinking water standards, please visit: http://epa.gov/safewater/arsenic/ and https://www.epa.gov/oem/cameo/.

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