Water Quality Standards For Toxics
Two public involvement opportunities are coming up on Oct. 9 and Nov. 6 as the Department of Ecology (Ecology) works through rule making to update the state’s surface water quality standards for toxic substances, including fish consumption rates.
Ecology is using the public meetings to engage and educate people about the complex technical and policy issues to update the human health criteria section of the state’s standards. The rule making also is looking at advanced regulatory tools that will allow regulated water dischargers to remain in compliance with the updated standards. These public meetings will assist Ecology in developing a draft rule in 2014. Once the draft rule is developed, Ecology will ask for formal public review and input.