US EPA CA SELENIUM PROPOSAL: Notice of Comment Period Extension and Rescheduled Public Hearings

From the US Environmental Protection Agency:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) will be extending the public comment period for the proposed rule, “Water Quality Standards; Establishment of a Numeric Criterion for Selenium for the State of California” (83 FR 64059, December 13, 2018), for an additional 45 days, from February 11, 2019, to March 28, 2019.

The U.S. EPA will offer virtual public hearings on the proposed rule via the Internet on March 19, 2019 and March 20, 2019. The U.S. EPA is taking this action in order to ensure the public comment period remains open to accommodate the public hearings, originally scheduled for January 29, 2019 and January 30, 2019, and rescheduled due to the recent federal government shutdown. This extension is necessary to comply with Clean Water Act statutory and U.S. EPA regulatory public notice requirements.

Two virtual public hearings will be held, one on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time), and one on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).

Information concerning the proposed rule, the public hearings including links to register, and information on submitting written comments can be found at the U.S. EPA’s website at: https://www.epa.gov/wqs-tech/water-quality-standards-establishment-numeric-criterion-selenium-fresh-waters-california.  The U.S. EPA will post the federal notice to extend the public comment period on this website once the federal notice is officially published in the Federal Register.

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