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EPA Reaches Agreement with Major Airlines to Implement New Aircraft Water Protocols

Release Date: 11/09/2004
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Contact: Cynthia Bergman 202-564-9828 /
(Washington, D.C.-November 9, 2004) On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce commitments from U.S. passenger airlines to implement new aircraft water testing and disinfection protocols.

The announcement follows the public disclosure of EPA testing of drinking water aboard 158 randomly selected passenger aircraft during August and September 2004. Preliminary data released by EPA on Sept. 20, 2004 showed that 12.6 percent of the 158 domestic and international passenger aircraft tested in the U.S. carried water that did not meet EPA standards.

WHO: Tom Skinner, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
Ben Grumbles, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water

WHAT: Announcement on implementing new aircraft water protocols

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 9 @ 1:30 p.m. EST

To participate in this telephone based press conference, call: 1-866-299-3188, conference passcode: 202-564-2440.