211387 Federal Advisory Committee Process

Monday, November 9, 2009: 5:45 PM

Crystal Rodgers-Jenkins , Office of Water, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Kenneth H. Rotert , Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, DC
Between July 2007 and September 2008 EPA convened a Federal Advisory Committee to provide recommendations on revisions to the Total Coliform Rule and on research and information collection priorities to better understand the potential public health risks from drinking water distribution systems. The Advisory Committee recommended that a research and information collection partnership be formed to

identify the research and information collection priorities through the development of seven analytical frameworks. The topics of the frameworks are: cross-connections and backflow,intrusion, contamination of storage vessels, nitrification, contamination during main repair/replacement activities, biofilms, and contaminant accumulation in scales and sediments. EPA has partnered with the Water Research Foundation on the development of the analytical

frameworks. The analytical frameworks will focus on the

identification of decision-relevant research and information

collection priorities related to key vulnerability factors and risk intervention strategies. These key vulnerability factors and risk intervention strategies are those which may significantly impact the likelihood of the occurrence of contamination events within drinking water distribution systems. The outputs of the analytical frameworks will provide EPA and the Water Research Foundation information for prioritizing the research and information collection needs related to drinking water distribution systems. The presentation will describe some early findings of the analytical frameworks. The development of the analytical frameworks and the identification of the research and

information priorities are ongoing and are expected to be complete by Spring, 2010.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the use of the Federal Advisory Committee process to provide recommendations on revisions to the Total Coliform Rule.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the Designated Federal Official for the Total Coliform Rule/Distribution System Advisory Committee. I am very knowledgeable in the area of federal advisory committee process and also have been directly involved with the distribution system Research and Information Collection Partnership. I have a B.S. in biology and a M.S. in biology with a concentration in microbiology. I have worked as a microbiologist at the U.S. EPA since 1996. I am an experienced presenter. I have presented at the AWWA's Water Quality Technology Conference; Ground Water Protection Council; Puerto Rico Water & Environment Association, etc. Publications include: o Rodgers-Jenkins, C.C. (2007). US Drinking Water Regulation: The Ground Water Rule, In: Groundwater Science & Policy. Royal Society for Chemistry, London. o Rodgers, C. C. and Guilaran, Y. (2007). The Ground Water Rule: The First Federal Drinking Water Regulation to Require Microbial Source Water Monitoring. Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation. 27(2): 34-46. o Rodgers, Crystal. (2000). Isolation and Recovery of Helicobacter pylori from Water Samples and Their Persistence in Water. Masterís Thesis. Virginia State University. April 2000. o Connell, K., Rodgers, C.C., Shank-Givens, H.L., Scheller, J., Pope, M.L., and Miller, K. (2000). Building a Better Protozoa Data Set. Journal AWWA. 92(10): 30-43.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.