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Water Standards to Be Set

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Water Standards to Be Set

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WATER STANDARDS TO BE SET

A final rule that will set federal water quality standards for 22 states and territories is expected to be published next month, say EPA officials. The rule will cover as many as 105 toxic pollutants.

Calling the rulemaking "the largest, most comprehensive standard-setting effort the agency has ever undertaken to protect surface water," EPA Administrator William Reilly also said that the affected states and territories will still be welcome to "set toxics standards while they still can, under their own initiative." The states and territories will have 90 days following the publication of the final rule to do so.

In developing the rule, EPA is fulfilling an obligation imposed under the 1987 amendments to the Clean Water Act. The amendments had required 26 states and territories that didn't have their own standards to develop them by Feb. 4, 1990. As of that date, only four of them had done so.

Linda Eichmiller, deputy director of the Assn. …

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