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Apr. 22, 2019 EPA Proposes Federal Aluminum Standards

In Efforts to Protect Oregon Fresh Water and Aquatic Life

Overview of Proposed Rule

The EPA is proposing federal water quality standards for fresh waters in Oregon to protect aquatic life from exposure to harmful levels of aluminum. The proposed criteria reflect the latest scientific knowledge and are consistent with the Clean Water Act. The EPA will accept comments on the proposal for 45 days after it is published in the Federal Register and will also host two online public hearings in June 2019. More information and a pre-publication version of the proposed rule are available on the EPA's website at: https://www.epa.gov/wqs-tech/aluminum-aquatic-life-criteria-applicable-oregon-fresh-waters-proposed-rule

Opportunities to Provide Oral Public Comment

The EPA will hold two online public hearings so that interested parties may provide oral comments on the proposal. Following a brief presentation from the EPA, the Agency will accept oral comments that will be limited to three (3) minutes per commenter so each commenter has an opportunity to present his or her views. Commenters will also have the option to submit visual aids to accompany their oral comments. The hearings will be recorded and transcribed, and the EPA will consider all of the oral comments provided along with the written public comments submitted via the docket for this rulemaking. The dates and times of the online hearings are as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time)

For more information about the public hearings, including how to register for a public hearing, visit the EPA's website at: https://www.epa.gov/wqs-tech/aluminum-aquatic-life-criteria-applicable-oregon-fresh-waters-proposed-rule

Opportunities to Provide Written Public Comment

The EPA will accept written public comments on this proposed rule beginning the day the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register and for 45 days thereafter. The EPA anticipates publication in the Federal Register May 2019.

Public comments on the proposed rule can be submitted online at regulations.gov (Docket ID No. EPA- EPA-HQ-OW-2016-0694) during the 45-day comment period. Written comments may also be submitted by the following methods:

  1. Email: OW-docket@epa.gov (reference Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2016-0694)
  2. Mail to: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center, Water Docket, Mail code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2016-0694.
  3. Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center, WJC West Building Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2016-0694. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Center's hours of operations are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except Federal Holidays).