EPA Withdraws Federal Water Quality Criteria

EPA will soon publish in the Federal Register a final rule amending its 1992 Federal regulations establishing water quality criteria for toxic pollutants for 12 states and two territories.
On Nov. 26, EPA Administrator Christie Whitman signed the package withdrawing certain human health and aquatic life water quality criteria applicable to Vermont, Kansas, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.
These entities have adopted other water quality criteria that EPA approved; therefore, the federal criteria are no longer necessary.


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