Oregon Poised to Adopt Nation's Strictest Water Quality Standards for Toxic Chemicals

Posted on June 10, 2011 by Rick Glick

By: Rick Glick and Michael Gelardi

On June 14, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission is likely to adopt stringent new water quality standards for toxics. After years of planning and debate, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) next week will likely adopt a proposal by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to tighten human health-based water quality criteria for a broad range of toxic pollutants. The proposed rules are driven by a fish consumption rate that is ten times higher than assumed in previous rules.

Once adopted by the EQC and approved by the EPA, the new rules will result in stricter limits on water discharge permits and new programs to control agricultural and forestry runoff. The proposed rules are controversial and set Oregon apart as having the strictest water quality standards in the country. For more information, please click here.



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