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WASHINGTON (February 24, 2015) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in support of H.R. 212 , the Drinking Water Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio). The Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill on a bipartisan basis earlier this month. A House vote is expected today under a suspension of the rules.

"We applaud Congressman Latta for helping to protect America's drinking water from cyanotoxins caused by harmful algal blooms. A strategic plan will enhance coordination among federal agencies and facilitate consultation with key authorities, including public water systems, research institutions and companies that provide relevant water treatment options.

"The chemistry industry is proud to have developed a full range of solutions, including activated carbon, free chlorine, ion-exchange resins and membrane technology, to help safeguard drinking water supplies. We urge House members to approve the bill when it comes up for a vote today."

H.R. 212 requires U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop and submit to Congress a strategic plan for assessing and managing the risks associated with algal toxins in drinking water. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)  introduced similar legislation in the Senate.

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