Fecal Coliform Question -- James Smith
Chairman EPA Pathogen Equivalency Committee


Subject: Rubin's suggestion
Date: 7/14/2007 10:53:21 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time
From: BynJam
Reply To:  
To: SMITH.JAMES@EPA.GOV

Dr. Smith:
Recently, I questioned  Dr. Rubin about the nature of fecal coliforms as, "There seems to be a lot of
confusion within EPA, USDA, FDA, CDC and other scientists as to the nature of these indicator organisms. I
was wondering if you would be willing to share your knowledge of the organisms that make up fecal coliform.
People want to resolve this question once and for all."

Rubin replied, "The people to direct your questions to are Drs. Jim Smith and Mark Meckes at EPA's ORD
laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio.  They are actively involved in microbial issues re biosolids and wastewaters as
well as ambient waters."

I would appreciate it if you could answer the question.
Thanks and best regards.
Jim Bynum