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WASHINGTON (February 5, 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-OH). The Energy and Commerce Committee's Environment and the Economy Subcommittee is holding a hearing and markup on the bill today at 10:00 am .

"We commend Congressman Latta for ensuring there is a robust strategy for protecting America's drinking water from cyanotoxins caused by harmful algal blooms. This complex challenge requires a coordinated approach by federal and state agencies, public water systems, researchers and the companies that provide water treatment solutions. The business of American chemistry has pioneered the development of a full range of treatment options, including activated carbon, ion-exchange resins, and membrane technology, that help assure safe drinking water supplies.

"We welcome the efforts of Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) to require that EPA consult with industry, which will bring about a more thorough process that takes advantage of the most relevant and valuable technical expertise. We applaud Chairman Shimkus for holding today's hearing and markup and urge quick passage of the legislation by the House."


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