The Environmental Protection Agency is developing a streamlined approach to deal with contaminants in drinking water, said Lisa Jackson, the agency's administrator. Speaking in Washington, D.C., to a group of water companies, Jackson said that the new strategy "does not require more regulation, but uses our existing regulations more efficiently and more effectively." The EPA is also planning stricter rules for four carcinogenic compounds often found in drinking water: tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, acrylamide and epichlorohydrin.

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