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UL earns EPA approval for water testing services to meet UCMR 3 requirements

June 19, 2012

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) has become one of the first organizations approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test for 28 contaminants in the EPA’s third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 3).

Every five years, in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA identifies a new list of contaminants that are suspected to occur in public water systems and may warrant regulation. The Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring program determines whether new regulations are needed to protect public health.

Between January 2013 and December 2015, mandatory monitoring for UCMR 3 is required for all public water systems serving more than 10,000 people, along with 800 select public water systems serving 10,000 or fewer people.

“UL is proud to be one of the first laboratories to earn approval from the EPA to help water systems meet the new UCMR 3 requirements,” said Hank Lambert, General Manager of UL Global Food and Water Businesses. “The regulatory expertise and streamlined services we provide our customers build on the analyses we have done on more than 2.5 million water samples for thousands of bottlers, public water systems, engineering firms and state and federal agencies, such as the EPA. Robust, effective testing by a trusted source like UL is paramount to a safe, clean water supply.