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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AF94 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Withdrawal of Certain Federal Water Quality Criteria Applicable to Washington 

On November 15, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved 45 and disapproved 143 human health criteria (HHC) submitted by the State of Washington and issued a final rule that promulgated 144 federal HHC applicable to Washington's waters. The EPA's final rule took effect on December 28, 2016. In response to a stakeholder petition, the EPA reconsidered its partial disapproval, and on May 10, 2019, the EPA approved certain HHC that the Agency previously disapproved. In light of this decision, the EPA initiated a notice and comment process to withdraw the corresponding federally promulgated HHC.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
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  08/06/2019  84 FR 38150   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/07/2019 
Final Rule  12/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
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

Matthew Szelag
Environmental Protection Agency
Regional Office Seattle
EPA Region 10,
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone:907 271-1208