Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Arsenic Decision Supported.

Byline: Carolyn Appelman Journal Staff Writer

Officials Laud Move To Put New Rules on Hold

Rio Rancho and Bernalillo officials say withdrawing new arsenic standards for drinking water will save the municipalities millions of dollars.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman Tuesday submitted a proposal to withdraw the new arsenic standards issued in the final days of the Clinton administration.

In January, the EPA lowered the standard from 50 parts per billion to 10 parts per billion. It earlier had proposed to lower it to 5 parts per billion.

The World Health Organization has set a 10 parts per million standard for drinking water.

Complying with the new stricter standard would have cost Rio Rancho as much as $42 million in construction costs and $1.2 million annually to run the system, officials said. …

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