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Summary of EPA actions to ensure safe drinking water for Montana residents

Release Date: 11/28/2007
Contact Information: Diane Sipe, 303-312-6391, sipe.diane@epa.gov David Janik, 303-312-6917, janik.david@epa.gov

(Denver, Colo., Nov. 28, 2007) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 issued 8 administrative orders in Montana from April 2007 through September 2007, under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Even though Montana has primary authority over the Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA can take federal action against public water systems in the State that violate the SDWA and its regulations. EPA and Montana have developed a joint state/federal workshare arrangement that recognizes limited resources in Montana’s Public Water Supply Bureau whereby EPA provides federal assistance with selected enforcement cases. EPA and Montana work together to identify the public water systems against which EPA will take federal action.
An administrative order requires the public water system to comply with the drinking water regulations and includes action items for returning to compliance. EPA issued administrative orders to the following Montana public water systems:

China Wok Restaurant,
Townsend, Mont.
Craig Bar,
Wolf Creek, Mont.
Denton
, Town of, Denton, Mont.
Heritage Baptist Church
, Great Falls, Mont.
Hitching Post
, Melrose, Mont.
Ranch House of Dupuyer,
Dupuyer, Mont.
River Grove Estates Trailer Park,
Billings, Mont.
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch,
Billings, Mont.

EPA oversees the protection of public health and the environment in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Compliance and enforcement are important components of public health and environmental protection which encourage governments, businesses and other regulated entities to meet their environmental and public health obligations.