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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AF60 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Aquatic Life Criteria for Copper and Cadmium in Oregon 

The EPA is finalizing water quality criteria in Oregon to protect aquatic life from the harmful effects of exposure to toxic levels of copper and cadmium. In January 2013, the EPA disapproved Oregon's new and revised freshwater acute and chronic criteria for copper and acute criterion for cadmium, based on concerns that the criteria would not adequately protect aquatic life in Oregon. Oregon has not yet adopted criteria for copper and cadmium to address EPA's disapproval. Therefore, consistent with CWA section 303(c)(3), the EPA is finalizing copper and cadmium criteria to protect aquatic life in Oregon. This rule will improve water quality, protect aquatic life, and strengthen Oregon's natural ecosystem.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 131   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq. Clean Water Act   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/18/2016  81 FR 22555   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/02/2016 
Final Rule  01/00/2017 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OW-2016-0012
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Erica Fleisig
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
4305T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1057

Rochelle Labiosa
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
1200 Sixth Avenue, OWW-191,
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone:206 553-1172