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WASHINGTON - March 14 - 56% of Drinking Water Right to Know Reports surveyed by a coalition of consumer, environmental and public health organizations met or exceeded federal requirements and provided consumers straightforward information about their drinking water, according to a report released today. However, 44% of the reports received grades of "D" or "F" in a first ever nationwide survey of "Consumer Confidence Reports" required under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Please explain what is `federal requirements'? (Is this right?)
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Public health organizations met more information than federation required.
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federal requirements are the legal minimum standards - in this case, the laws relating to clean and safe drinking water.