EPA’s Use of Emergency Administrative Orders Under the Safe Drinking Water Act

May 26, 2016
Westlaw Journal Environmental

Types : Bylined Articles

It will come as a surprise to absolutely no one that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an emergency administrative order to the city of Flint, Michigan, after high levels of lead were detected in its public water supply. The order, issued in January, came more than eight months after the presence of unsafe levels of lead in the PWS came into the public view. The EPA issued that EAO under Section 1431(a) of the Safe Drinking Water Act. While the agency has had enhanced authority to issue and enforce EAOs under the SDWA since 1986, its use of that authority has been sparse — until now.


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