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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AF65 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Federal Mercury Aquatic-Dependent Wildlife Criteria Applicable to California 

The EPA is proposing aquatic-dependent wildlife criteria applicable to waters under the state of California's jurisdiction to protect aquatic-dependent wildlife from exposure to mercury. The EPA's proposed rule will not supersede those mercury criteria that are already in place for specific water bodies in California. The EPA's proposed mercury criteria for California relies on the latest science and information regarding mercury bioaccumulation and toxicity as well as California-specific information such as species and habitat information. The EPA's proposal also takes into account applicable EPA policies, guidance, and legal requirements.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed 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:
Action Source Description Date
NPRM  Judicial  Approve aquatic-dependent wildlife criteria for mercury or propose statewide federal aquatic-dependent wildlife criteria for mercury for California (except where already in place), by June 30, 2017.  06/30/2017 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2017 
Final Rule  10/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Julianne McLaughlin
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 4305T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-2542

Danielle Anderson
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
Mail Code 4305T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-1631