EPA Completes Water Testing Preparedness Exercise

By: AP
By: AP

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ The Environmental Protection Agency has
completed a week-long exercise aimed at ensuring the safety of
drinking water in four states in the event of terrorism or other
emergencies.

Labs that test drinking water in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska participated in the regional preparedness exercise, which ended Monday.

The EPA's Region 7 Laboratory Response Plan conducted its first functional exercise to verify that federal, state and local lab personnel can provide necessary water testing if any one lab gets overwhelmed by large quantities of samples that need quick testing.

Seven labs participated in the exercise, including the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratory in Topeka, and the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory in Jefferson City.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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