VOSI ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARD V60.1
ARSENIC LIMITS IN DRINKING WATER
1.1 To specify the maximum parts per
billion (ppb) of arsenic in drinking water required to insure
people's health and the methods of measurement.
2. REFERENCED DOCUMENTS
2.1 "Arsenic in Drinking Water",
Fact Sheet No. 210, May 2001, World Health Organization (WHO)
2.2 VOSI "Public Health" Standard V50.4,
"World Health Organization (WHO) Member Nation’s
Participation in Voices of Safety (VOSI) "Public
Health" & "Public Safety" Standards
2.3 VOSI RR11-V60.1, " Research Report for Arsenic Limits
in Drinking Water"
3.1 Arsenic – the arsenic normally found
in drinking water is inorganic, which is more harmful than the
organic arsenic abundant in seafood.
3.2 WHO – World Health Organization, consisting of 192
member nations, which includes the U.S.
4. SIGNIFICANCE & USE
4.1 The U.S. , being a WHO member nation,
should meet the 10 ppb maximum for arsenic in drinking water
as specified in Reference 2.1
4.2 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator
Christine Whitman’s statement "that arsenic problem
needs further study" has been met by Reference 2.
4.3 The EPA, using the same powers by which it revised the
previous arsenic limits in drinking water, from 10 to 50 ppb,
should restore and enforce current arsenic limits of 10 ppb.
4.4 The Interagency Committee on Standards Policy (ICSP)
member at the EPA should enforce the National Technology
Transfer & Advancement Act of 1995 (NTTAA), and reference
this standard in their regulations for arsenic in drinking
5.1 Arsenic, Environmental Issues, Drinking
Water, NTTAA, ICSP, EPA
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