The new bill, H.R. 553, is called the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Enhancement Act and it would amend the existing regulatory authority, the Safe Drinking Water Act, by:
- requiring EPA to test non-pesticide chemicals that may be found in drinking water and develop a plan and timetable to identify chemicals to be tested;
- requiring EPA to periodically review the current state of the science to determine if testing protocols should be revised; and
- allow EPA to accelerate the testing of suspected endocrine disruptors and create a petition process that would allow the public to suggest chemicals for accelerated testing.
The current bill has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce chaired by Republican Fred Upton of Michigan.