EPA Extends Public Comment Period for the Revision of Certain Federal Water Quality Criteria Applicable to Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — EPA is extending the public comment period by 45 days for the proposed rule “Revision of Certain Federal Water Quality Criteria Applicable to Washington” (80 FR 55063, September 14, 2015) in response to requests from stakeholders. Additionally, EPA is announcing that it will offer virtual public hearings on the proposed rule via the Internet in December 2015.

Comments must now be received on or before December 28, 2015. The comment period was originally scheduled to end on November 13, 2015.

EPA has proposed to revise the current federal Clean Water Act human health criteria applicable to waters under the state of Washington’s jurisdiction to ensure that the criteria are set at levels that will adequately protect Washington residents, including tribes with treaty-protected rights, from exposure to toxic pollutants.

For more information, including details on the upcoming public hearings, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/wqs-tech/water-quality-standards-regulations-washington#fed

Contact Information: Suzanne Skadowski, EPA Public Affairs, , 206-553-2160


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

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