The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized the Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5).
Based on UCMR 5, published in the Federal Register on Dec. 27, certain public water systems will collect new data from their drinking water on 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and the EPA will hold multiple meetings for stakeholders in 2022.
The EPA monitors for priority unregulated contaminants in drinking water every five years under the UCMR, and UCMR 5 will provide EPA with more information on the frequency and amount of PFAS (and lithium) found in the nation’s drinking water systems.
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires all drinking water systems serving between 3,300 and 10,000 people to participate in UCMR and a representative sample of systems serving fewer than 3,300 people to participate, subject to funding availability and laboratory capacity. The five-year UCMR 5 period covers 2022–2026. The 29 PFAS covered are those under EPA Methods 533 and 537.1, which have been validated by the EPA for drinking water analysis.
The EPA also indicated UCMR 5 will (1) improve its ability to conduct state and regional assessments of contamination, enabling analyses of potential environmental justice impacts on disadvantaged communities, and (2) provide information for systems with infrastructure funding needs for emerging contaminant remediation.
The EPA will hold two virtual webinars for stakeholders on March 16 and 17. Details on these meetings and anticipated future meetings can be found on EPA’s website. Topics to be covered include implementation planning, sample collection best practices, and data reporting.
- Senior Attorney
Laura L. Romeo is a senior attorney in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office and Co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Environmental & Energy Practice Group. Ms. Romeo has numerous years of experience focusing on environmental, energy ...
Add a comment
SubscribeRSS Plunkett Cooney LinkedIn Page Plunkett Cooney Twitter Page Plunkett Cooney Facebook Page
- Environmental Regulation
- Clean Water
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Environmental Legislation
- Environmental Liability
- Waste Water
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Clean Air
- Great Lakes
- Renewable Energy
- Public Policy
- Greenhouse Gases
- Regulatory Law
- Underground Storage Tanks (UST)
- Solar Energy
- Hazardous Materials
- Climate Change
- Oil & Gas
- Solid Waste
- Natural Gas
- Zoning and Planning
- Commercial Liability
- Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Lead-based Paint
- Invasive Species
- Michigan Environmental Protection Act
- Shareholder Liability
- Land Use
- Real Estate
- EPA Action to Address PFAS in Drinking Water
- Why the Waters of the United States Proposed Rule Matters
- Amid Increasing Water Levels, EGLE Pushes to Minimize Discharges Into Lakes, Rivers
- Cannabis Operations Require Compliance With Environmental Regulations, too
- Assessing Impact of Michigan’s Cannabis Industry on State’s Electric Grid Requires Data, Planning
- New Administration Moves Quickly on Environmental Front
- New Administration Delays Sewage Overflow Rule for More Study
- Michigan Lawmakers Ease Access to Underground Storage Tank Clean-up Funds
- Renewable Energy Poised to Thrive Under any White House
- HUD Proposes New Lead-based Paint Rule to Protect Kids