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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AG21 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Restoring Protective Human Health Criteria in Washington 
Abstract:

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 sound scientific rationale and were therefore not protective of human health and promulgated protective federal criteria in their place. EPA later decided to reverse the 2016 disapproval in 2019 and 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: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final 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 
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/01/2022  87 FR 19046   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/31/2022 
Final Rule  01/00/2023 
Additional Information: EPA-HQ-OW-2015-0174
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.epa.gov/wqs-tech/federal-human-health-criteria-washington-state-waters  
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
Email: fleisig.erica@epa.gov

Corey Buffo
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
4305T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1279
Email: buffo.corey@epa.gov