Regulatory action on at least three drinking water regulations won’t happen until next year, according to EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water Director Peter Grevatt:

  • proposed Perchlorate Rule
  • proposed revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule
  • proposed Carcinogenic Volatile Organic Compound Rule

The perchlorate proposal’s deadline was February, two years after the agency decided to regulate the carcinogenic chemical. The other two were slated for publication sometime this year.

Why the delay? Sequester-induced staffing and budgetary shortages at federal agencies like EPA are hampering the agency’s ability to resolve “complex scientific and technical questions that need more data and analysis prior to the regulations proceeding further in the regulatory development process.”