Bush administration announces beach
The Washington Times
April 20, 2004
Washington, DC -- The Bush administration has announced
plans to protect and improve water quality at beaches
across the United States.
Steps include putting the Environmental Protection Agency
in charge of a Clean Beaches plan, providing grants to
states for monitoring and setting federal water quality
The BEACH Act of 2000 provides for federal standards
if states and territories on the coasts and Great Lakes
fail to update their own standards for water pathogens
by April 10. Only 11 of the 35 states and territories
have complied so far.
EPA standards in place since 1986 require monitoring
of beach waters for e-coli and enterococci, more reliable
indications of health risks to swimmers than the old standard
of using fecal coliform bacteria.
The EPA plans to begin announcing grants in May, to announce
its standards by June 30, to release technical guidelines
by July 31 and to prepare a report on beach closings and
advisories by Aug. 31.