Summary: H.R.5753 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.5753. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (11/20/2014)

Drinking Water Protection Act - 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 cyanotoxins in drinking water provided by public water systems. (Cyanotoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae.)

Requires the plan to include steps and time lines to:

  • evaluate the risk to human health from drinking water contaminated with cyanotoxins;
  • establish, publish, and update a comprehensive list of cyanotoxins that are harmful to human health;
  • summarize the known adverse human health effects of cyanotoxins and the factors that cause cyanobacteria to grow rapidly and make toxins;
  • determine whether to publish health advisories for harmful cyanotoxins and establish relevant guidance;
  • recommend feasible treatment options; and
  • enter into cooperative agreements with, and provide technical assistance to, affected states and public water systems to manage risks associated with cyanotoxins.