(Toledo News Now) - Ohio Representative Bob Latta's Drinking Water Protection Act was signed into law by the President Obama Tuesday. Congressman Latta authored the bill x which amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide for the "assessment and management of the risk of algal toxins in drinking water", as well as introduced it to the U.S. House of Representatives.
This is a monumental step that will address the crisis of contaminated drinking water – which was made a reality in 2014. The persistent efforts to maintain a healthy drinking source and solutions to that end will move forward based upon this act becoming law.
Congressman Latta says, "The law is designed to better understand and further mitigate harmful algal toxins in the Great Lakes and other surfaces of water. It guarantees that the proper short-term and long-term focus is on scientific understanding and mitigation efforts."
The law also guarantees that the EPA has to put forth a strategic plan within 90-days to manage and assess the risks algal toxins pose to drinking water.
"Millions of Ohioans rely on these resources for their drinking water supply," said Congressman Latta. "It is imperative that we take action in order to ensure their public health and safety."
He also says, "I authored this bill in order to begin addressing this problem. H.R. 212, passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support."