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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AG21 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●Restoring Protective Human Health Criteria in Washington 

In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disapproved 143 surface water quality criteria adopted by the State of Washington because those criteria were not based on the latest sound science and were therefore not protective of human health and promulgated protective federal criteria in their place. EPA later decided to reverse the 2016 disapproval and approve the same State-adopted criteria in 2019 and then withdraw the rule setting federal criteria in 2020. The State, several tribes, and environmental groups voiced strong opposition to the reversals. EPA has decided to proceed with a federal rulemaking to restore protective and science-based human health criteria for Washington to meet Clean Water Act 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 131.45   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1251   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
NPRM  Judicial  Court ordered signature deadline for NPRM  04/06/2022 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/00/2022 
Final Rule  01/00/2023 
Additional Information: .
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Joel Owen
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 4305T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1548