Request for Information on Drinking Water Contaminants of Emerging Concern for the National Emerging Contaminant Research Initiative

By Suzanne Fitzpatrick posted 06-10-2021 13:38


Drinking water contaminants of emerging concern (DW CECs) are newly identified or re-emerging manufactured or naturally occurring physical, chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear materials that may cause adverse effects to human health or the environment and do not currently have a national primary drinking water regulation. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has issued a Request for Information that seeks input from nongovernmental entities (e.g., industry, academia, civil society), state and local governments, and other institutions with scientific and material interest in DW CECs research. Comments provided in response to the RFI will inform the development of a National Emerging Contaminant Research Initiative (NECRI) for protection of US drinking water quality. Responses also may be used to address requests from the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to identify research questions and priorities in the area of sustainable chemistry. The initiative will build on the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) cross-agency Plan for Addressing Critical Research Gaps Related to Emerging Contaminants in Drinking Water published in 2018. The NECRI will be the precursor to federal coordination of DW CECs research, and in compliance with the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2020, Title LXXIII, Subtitle D, Sections 7341 and 7342, agencies will “issue a solicitation for research proposals consistent with the Federal research strategy and that agency’s mission.”

The RFI is open for public comment for 30 days. Responses must be received by June 24, 2021, to ensure consideration.

For further information, refer to the full text of the RFI.