Does the Safe Drinking Water Act require EPA to analyze the costs and benefits of proposed regulations?
The 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments require EPA to publish a cost-benefit analysis whenever they propose a national primary drinking water regulation. In revising the Act, Congress recognized the need for more effective prioritization of drinking water regulations and the evaluation of small community water supply compliance costs. More information about economic considerations for setting drinking water standards is available at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/sdwa/reg/riadoc.cfm.
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