Final Rule Package Submitted to EPA
The Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force (SRRTTF) has sent a letter (via Ruckelshaus Center on December 9th, 2016) to Staff and Directors at EPA as well as State legislators concerning the regulation of PCBs under the Toxic Substances Control Act and its link to Washington Water Quality Standards for PCBs recently submitted by EPA. The SRRTTF developed the letter(s), and agreed on the contents, by consensus.
The final rule was published in the Federal Register today, which means it will take effect on 12/28/16. All the information has been posted on EPA’s website here: https://www.epa.gov/wqs-tech/water-quality-standards-regulations-washington#fed
The docket is also now available (which is also available on the main link above) here: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2015-0174. The docket includes the response to comments and economic analysis – direct links to these documents below.
Response to comments: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2015-0174-0427
In-person public workshop/hearing
South Seattle Community College
6:30 p.m. workshop, immediately followed by a public hearing.
Spokane Centerplace Regional Events Center
Darin Rice from Ecology’s Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction program will be visiting Spokane on January 26, 2015 to talk about the Governor’s Toxics Bill and proposal
” We have two different sets of rules for toxic chemicals. We regulate the disposal of spent toxic chemicals after their use in industrial processes, but not their use in products we use every day. The Governor is proposing both new legislation and additional funding for efforts to help the state tackle the concern of toxics in products. Ecology will outline the major components of the Governor’s toxics reduction bill and budget package.”
Date: January 26, 2015
CORRECTED Time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Department of Ecology
Eastern Region Office
4601 N. Monroe Street
Spokane, WA 99205
To Those Interested in Water Quality Regulation:
The Department of Ecology Water Quality Program was made aware that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing rule updates to federal water quality standards regulations. For the first time in 30 years, EPA is proposing changes to the core requirements of the federal water quality standards (WQS) regulation that interprets part of the Clean Water Act.
The proposed rule addresses the following key areas: Administrator’s determinations that new or revised WQS are necessary, designated uses, triennial reviews, antidegradation, variances to WQS, and compliance schedule authorizing provisions.
Proposed changes are available online at https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-21140.
EPA will accept public comments for 90 days beginning on September 4, 2013. Comments must be received on or before December 3, 2013. Details on how to submit formal comments are available here.
EPA is hosting two public webinars and one public meeting during the public comment period. To register for the public webinars and/or public meeting, please visit: http://www.tetratech-ffx.com/wqsregs/public/. The public webinar and public meeting dates and times are as follows: • Public Webinar 1: September 24, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST) • Public Meeting: October 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST) at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in the Visitor Center Auditorium in Washington, DC. • Public Webinar 2: November 14, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST)
For more information about the proposed rule, see: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/lawsguidance/wqs_index.cfm
For further information contact: Janita Aguirre Environmental Protection Agency Telephone number: 202-566-1860 Fax number: 202-566-0409 Email address: WQSRegulatoryClarifications@epa.gov.
Subject: Department of Ecology hosts workshop Aug. 28 on revised approach for Reducing Toxics In Fish, Shellfish, Sediment, and Water
On July 16, 2012, Department of Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant announced a revised approach for updating the state’s fish consumption rates for water quality and cleaning up contaminated sediments. View Director Sturdevant’s letter and a timeline for Ecology’s work here: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/toxics/docs/20120716_FCR_SturdevantLetter.pdf.
Ecology invites interested parties to attend a video conference workshop from 1 – 5 p.m., on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at Ecology’s regional offices in Lacey, Bellevue, Yakima and Spokane. The workshop will provide an in-depth explanation of Ecology’s current approach.
Workshop topics include updates on:
- Ecology’s toxic reduction strategy.
- Toxic Cleanup Program’s sediment management standards rule making.
- Ecology’s fish consumption rate technical document.
- Water Quality Program’s water quality standards rule makings.
As part of this revised approach, Ecology’s Water Quality Program intends to move forward with adopting new human health criteria for surface water quality. An informational session on human health criteria will be included in the workshop.
Seating is limited. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about future public involvement opportunities and read more about the process ahead at:
Reducing Toxics in Fish, Sediments and Water: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/toxics/fish.html
Date: August 28, 2012
Time: 1 -5 p.m.
Eastern Regional Office
N. 4601 Monroe
Spokane, WA 99205-1295
300 Desmond Drive SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Central Regional Office
Room: 204 A
15 W. Yakima Ave., Ste 200
Yakima, WA 98902
Northwest Regional Office
3190 – 160th Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA 98008-5452
Communications – Washington Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program – Environmental Assessment Program
360-407-6408 (desk) ~ 360-791-3177 (cell)