Continuous disinfection of drinking water?
Are there limits to the state's new radical agenda?
Ah - - who needs that Nanny state crap, say ultra-pro-business-come-what-may GOP legislators who are gearing up to stop the state from enforcing rules to keep viruses and other contaminants out of Wisconsin municipal water systems.
Yeah, that'll recruit new industry to Wisconsin. I can see the new Welcome To Wisconsin signs now:
Open For Business: Bring Your Own Medicine Bag.
Right now, about 12% of Wisconsin municipal systems do not continuously disinfect, says the DNR, which has had the nerve, along with the previous Legislature, of applying science to rule-making.
And The who-cares-what's-in-the-water coalition is looking for co-sponsors (note Erik Severson, a new State Rep. from Osceola, is a physician), while Harsdorf is on Joint Finance. There's you new GOP at work.
As they say in their legislative email:
DATE: January 27, 2011
TO: Legislative Colleagues
Representative Erik Severson
RE: Co-sponsorship of LRB-0937, relating to disinfection of municipal water supplies.
Last summer, the DNR promulgated a rule that made several changes to state regulations relating to water. Some of these changes were required by the federal government; however, the DNR went beyond federal requirements in a provision relating to municipal water disinfection. This change is a new mandate on municipalities requiring continuous disinfection of their . Approximately 70 municipalities across the state currently do not continuously disinfect their water and are impacted by this rule.
This mandate imposes a significant cost on municipalities. One community cited a price tag of $2.9 million for complying with this mandate, which is several times larger than the community’s annual budget. Despite having a good record for providing a quality water supply, this municipality is facing a significant capital project to comply with the new DNR rule by December 2013.
This bill would prohibit the DNR from requiring municipal water systems to provide continuous disinfection, unless federal law requires continuous disinfection in the future.
If you would like to co-sponsor this legislation, please respond to this e-mail or call Sen. Harsdorf office at 6-7745 or Rep. Severson’s office at 7-2365 by February 9th.
Co-sponsors will be added to both the Senate and Assembly versions unless requested otherwise.
DNR has promulgated a rule that requires municipal drinking water systems to provide continuous disinfection of the water that they provide, beginning no later than December 1, 2013.
This bill prohibits DNR from requiring a municipal water system to provide continuous disinfection of the water that it provides, unless continuous disinfection is required under federal law.