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Subject: [epa-water] National Recommended Water Quality Criteria for the
[Federal Register: December 31, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 250)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
National Recommended Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.
ACTION: Notice of availability.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 304(a) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of
updated national recommended water quality criteria for the protection
of human health for the following fifteen pollutants: chlorobenzene;
cyanide; 1,2-dichlorobenzene; 1,4-dichlorobenzene; 1,1-
dichloropropene; endrin; ethylbenzene; hexachlorocyclopentadiene;
lindane; thallium; toluene; 1,2-transdichloroethylene; 1,2,4-
trichlorobenzene; and vinyl chloride.
The criteria are based on EPA's 2000 methodology for deriving human
health water quality criteria and supercede criteria for these
chemicals that the Agency published before this notice.
EPA's recommended section 304(a) water quality criteria are
guidance to States and authorized Tribes in adopting water quality
standards for protecting human health. They are also a scientific basis
for developing controls of discharges or releases of pollutants. They
are guidance to EPA for promulgating Federal regulations under CWA
section 303(c), when such action is necessary.
Under the CWA and its implementing regulations, States and
authorized Tribes are to adopt water quality criteria to protect
designated uses (e.g., public water supply, recreational use,
industrial use). EPA's recommended human health water quality criteria
do not substitute for the CWA or regulations, nor are they regulations
themselves. Thus, EPA's recommended criteria do not impose legally
binding requirements. States and authorized Tribes have the discretion
to adopt, where appropriate, other scientifically defensible water
quality standards that differ from these recommendations.
ADDRESSES: Copies of documents specifically referenced in this notice
and scientific views received are in Docket ID No. OW-2002-0054.
Materials in the public docket are available for public viewing at the
Water Docket in the EPA Docket Center, (EPA/DC) EPA West, Room B102,
1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center
Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through
Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public
Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Office
of Water Docket is (202) 566-2426. A reasonable fee will be charged for
copies. An electronic version of the public docket is available through
EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, EPA Dockets, at
<A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/edocket/">http://www.epa.gov/edocket/</A>. Once
in the system, select ``search,''
then key in the appropriate docket identification number.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cindy Roberts, Health and Ecological
Criteria Division (4304T), U.S. EPA, Ariel Rios Building, 1200
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; (202) 566-1124;
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