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Jan. 12, 2015 Formal WA State Draft Water Quality Standards Rule

Available for public review: Human Health Criteria & Implementation Tools

The Washington State Department of Ecology proposes to adopt amendments to Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington - Chapter 173-201A WAC. This rule making addresses two specific areas of the water quality standards: (1) Development and adoption of new human health criteria, and (2) Revision and expansion of some of the tools in the standards that help in implementation. Ecology has published the rule proposal on its website on January 12, 2015. The public comment period on the draft rule and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the rule is open through midnight March 23, 2015.

Information on the rule making, including documents, details about public hearings and webinar opportunities, and other related information, can be found on Ecology’s website at:

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/ruledev/wac173201A/1203inv.html

You can learn more about the proposed standards and provide comments at the following public hearings.

March 3 Spokane Centerplace Regional Events Center

2426 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane Valley 99216

6 p.m. open house; 6:30 p.m. presentation with Q&A session, followed by public hearing. This is an in-person-only public event.

March 4 Yakima Convention Center

10 N. 8th St., Yakima 98901

6 p.m. open house; 6:30 p.m. presentation with Q&A session, followed by public hearing. This is an in-person-only public event.

March 12 Ecology Headquarters Building

300 Desmond Drive, Lacey 98503

Two sessions – you may attend either session in person or online by webinar.

Session 1: 1:30 p.m. open house; 2 p.m. presentation (webinar begins) with Q&A session, followed by public hearing.

Session 2: 6:30 p.m. open house; 7 p.m. presentation (webinar begins) with Q&A session, followed by public hearing.

You may provide comments at a public hearing or you may provide them in writing through one of the following methods:

· By Email: swqs@ecy.wa.gov

· By Fax: 360-407-6426

· By Mail:

Cheryl Niemi

Washington State Department of Ecology

Water Quality Program

P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.