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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AF70 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Federal Aluminum Aquatic Life Criteria Applicable to Oregon 

The EPA is proposing water quality criteria in Oregon to protect aquatic life from the harmful effects of exposure to toxic levels of aluminum. In January 2013, the EPA disapproved Oregon's new and revised freshwater acute and chronic criteria for aluminum, based on concerns that the criteria would not adequately protect aquatic life in Oregon. Oregon has not yet adopted or submitted criteria for aluminum to address EPA's disapproval. Therefore, consistent with Clean Water Act section 303(c)(3), the EPA is proposing aluminum criteria to protect aquatic life in Oregon. This proposed rule is expected to improve water quality, protect aquatic life, and strengthen Oregon's natural ecosystem. Under a consent decree with the Northwest Environmental Advocates (as amended), EPA has until March 15, 2019, to either take an action under CWA section 303(c) to approve aquatic life criteria for aluminum submitted by the state of Oregon, or, if aluminum criteria have not yet been submitted by Oregon and approved by EPA, to propose statewide federal aquatic life criteria for aluminum in Oregon.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 131   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1313(c)(4)(B)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Judicial  Consent Decree  04/27/2020 
NPRM  Judicial  Consent Decree  03/15/2019 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/00/2019 
Final Rule  04/00/2020 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OW-2016-0694
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: State 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Heather Goss
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 4305T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1198

Maja Tritt
Environmental Protection Agency
Regional Office Seattle
1200 Sixth Avenue, OWW-191,
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone:206 553-6265