Durbin asks EPA to include Illinois in rapid detection testing program
From press release
CHICAGO—U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson July 31 asking that the EPA immediately expand a new rapid water quality monitoring program to Illinois.
In the letter, Durbin urges the EPA to “expand the rapid detection testing program to Illinois at the earliest opportunity in order to deal with the current water quality issues at our beaches.”
Durbin’s request came after a report was released earlier this week by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) showing problems, including above-average E. Coli levels at some Illinois beaches.
Most swimming beaches in Illinois are tested seven days a week, but the delay in obtaining test results often means critical information on water quality is not available in real time.
The rapid detection program Durbin has requested be expanded to Illinois has been in the pilot phase since 2006, and affords local governments the ability to make decisions about beach closings in a more timely fashion.
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