State Regulators Disagree with WWEMA on ETV

June 19, 2001

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- NSF International


( http://www.nsf.org ), The Public Health and Safety Company(TM), and state


regulators disagree with recent Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers


Association (WWEMA) statements concerning the Environmental Technology


Verification (ETV) Drinking Water Systems Center. In a press release dated


June 5, 2001, WWEMA stated opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency


(EPA) funding of the Center. NSF is the world leader in food, water and


environment-related certification and education services for public health and


safety issues. State regulators are, in fact, increasingly reliant on ETV


protocols and data in their decision-making process and strongly support EPA's


continued funding of the Center.


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    On October 1, 2000, NSF International entered into a cooperative agreement


with the EPA to form the ETV Drinking Water Systems Center. Partial funding


for the ETV Center is provided by the EPA Office of Research and Development


(ORD). The Center fulfills an ORD core mission objective to evaluate and


assess innovative solutions for important environmental problems. The Center


is responsible for developing protocols for technology verification, managing


verifications, providing project quality assurance and issuing final


verification reports. ETV activity also addresses needs of the EPA-Office of


Water to provide information in support of regulatory decision-making, which


requires data on treatment effectiveness and cost implications. In


independently-given interviews, manufacturers of recently-completed ETV


reports indicated that the EPA's involvement was of critical importance to the


value of verification.


    "States use NSF Protocols and Verification Reports on treatment plants to


make decisions about appropriate technology and to reduce pilot testing


requirements. In some cases, pilot testing is eliminated," commented Kevin


Brown, President-Elect of the Association of State Drinking Water


Administrators (ASDWA) and Chairperson of the ETV Stakeholder Committee.


    "Although the stakeholders do not always agree on approaches, the program


that has evolved has helped bring technology into the drinking water industry


in a more expeditious manner," stated Richard H. Sakaji, PE, Ph.D., Senior


Sanitary Engineer, California Department of Health Services. "As an example,


the ETV report on UV disinfection technology has thrust UV technology into the


commercial market and the U.S. EPA is now looking to include the technology in


its toolbox to protect public drinking water supplies from microbiological


contamination."


    Bruce Bartley, ETV Manager for NSF, said, "These comments are consistent


with a recent survey of ASDWA members on the ETV Stakeholder Committee. The


survey reported a steadily-increasing reliance on ETV by the States. Given the


fact that this program has just begun to produce verification reports, we


consider the level of acceptance encouraging. With 14 new reports scheduled to


come out this year, ETV support will only increase."


    NSF International, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to


improving public health, safety and protection of the environment.  A global


leader in standards development and product certification, NSF tests and


certifies more than 130,000 products worldwide and continually develops new


programs in response to public and environmental issues.  NSF offers a broad


range of services, including accredited food equipment certification;


comprehensive food safety and quality systems auditing; HACCP-9000(R)


registration and verification; certification for water distribution systems;


certification for dietary supplements, bakery products and nonfood compounds;


management systems registration; and toxicology consulting. NSF also provides


learning opportunities through its Center for Public Health Education.


    NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food Safety


and Drinking Water Safety and Treatment.  Founded in 1944, NSF is


headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, with offices and laboratories around the


world.


    For more information on the EPA-funded ETV Drinking Water Treatment


Systems Center, contact Bruce Bartley, Manager, at (734) 769-5148 or


Bartley@nsf.org .

Source:

NSF International

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