EPA Proposes Increased Water Quality Standard Oversight

Law360, New York (September 4, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is dialing up its oversight of state and tribal water quality protections, issuing a proposal on Wednesday allowing the agency to review anti-degradation policies and decide whether they can be fully implemented.

The measure is part of a 120-page rule that covers several water quality management issues, including triennial reviews, water quality standard variances and compliance schedule authorizing provisions, addressing issues raised by stakeholders or identified by the EPA since the regulation first came out in 1983.

The anti-degradation portion includes...
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