The Push to Change Federal Regulations

  • Around the time Mr. Glicker moved to MWH Global, federal regulations which protect drinking water were undergoing revisions, in response to the 1993 Cryptosporidium outbreak in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Following the 1993 Cryptosporidium outbreak, cities like Portland, with open reservoirs, were allowed to retain those open reservoirs so long as they put health risk mitigation measures in place.
  • As the federal regulations continued to be revised, Portland City Hall sent Mr. Glicker and his MWH and Water Bureau colleagues to Washington, DC, to serve as panelists and consultants with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in determining the content of the revised regulations.
  • During the period that Mr. Glicker and his MWH and Water Bureau colleagues worked with the EPA, the revised drinking water regulation (“LT2″) began increasingly to mandate billion-dollar infrastructure building contracts of the type sought by the marketing divisions of large engineering firms like Mr. Glicker’s.
  • The new LT2 regulation also closely resembled the provisions of MWH’s longstanding reservoir and other infrastructure contracts with the City of Portland.
  • While the EPA was being lobbied by Portland engineering interests in favor of the pro-underground-tank LT2 rule, the EPA was simultaneously mandated by Congress to take action to protect the public from radon in drinking water.
  • The EPA’s scientific deliberations on radon concluded that open aeration was the best mitigation measure to protect the public from that contaminant.
  • Mr. Glicker’s former MWH colleague, Rhodes Trussell, sat simultaneously in key advisory positions on both EPA panels, one considering LT2 and the other considering radon.
  • Following the lobbying efforts of Mr. Glicker and his colleagues to promote underground tanks, the EPA adopted closed-reservoir guidelines for cryptosporidium (LT2) and scrapped its efforts to protect the public from radon via open aeration; the EPA’s radon mitigation recommendations and action levels remain “drafts” to this day.
  1. Who Is Joe Glicker?
  2. Joe Glicker and Lisa Obermeyer
  3. The Push to Change Federal Regulations
  4. Potential Conflict of Interest by Public Officials
  5. The Rush to Complete Lucrative Contract Work Before LT2 Is Reconsidered
  6. The Threat to Portland’s Drinking Water
  7. At What Cost?