Clean Air and Water

RESOLVE has worked on thousands of projects over the past 30 years, helping innumerable stakeholders make public policy decisions collaboratively.

Safe Drinking Water: Total Coliform Rule

RESOLVE guided an EPA advisory committee to develop consensus recommendations on the Total Coliform Rule, a key factor in providing safe drinking water in all U.S. public water systems. The Total Coliform Rule, the principal regulatory tool of the Safe Water Drinking Act, had not been revisited since 1989. RESOLVE worked with a Federal Advisory Committee and its Technical Working Group to achieve results beyond those anticipated by the EPA. The Committee reached consensus on a more proactive approach designed to trigger systems with positive total coliform/E. coli samples to do an assessment, identify the presence of “sanitary defects,” and correct such defects accordingly. The Committee also reached consensus on recommendations for research and information-collection efforts.

Safe Drinking Water: Microbial/Disinfection By-Products

From 1992 to 2000, RESOLVE provided support for U.S. EPA’s rulemakings on the public health risk of disinfection by-products and pathogens in drinking water. Consensus recommendations resulted from RESOLVE’s planning, convening, and mediating of three phases of meetings and regulatory negotiations for a Federal Advisory Committee.

Strengthening Environmental Health: Endocrine Disruptors Methods Validation Subcommittee

RESOLVE facilitated the Endocrine Disruptor Methods Validation Subcommittee (EDMVS), established in 2001 by U.S. EPA. EDMVS provides technical advice and recommendations on the scientific methods that determine the presence of endocrine disruptors–an agent that interferes with natural hormones of the body responsible for homeostasis, reproductive, and developmental processes. RESOLVE facilitated Subcommittee meetings composed of agrichemical companies, commodity chemical companies, environmental health advocates, animal welfare advocates, and state and federal government regulators.