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Hearing planned for proposed water quality standard revisions

A public hearing on proposed revisions to state regulations on surface water quality standards and classifications will be held online at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, with written comments accepted through Tuesday, Aug. 3.

The proposed changes include updates to standards for cadmium, cyanide, Selenium, 1,4-Dioxane and technical corrections.

 Comments are also being accepted on water quality standard variances, the fiscal note prepared for this proposal, and other water quality standard topics not addressed by this action such as adoption of recreational E. coli standards statewide and adoption of other published EPA National Recommended Water Quality Criteria. 

The revisions are the result of federal and state requirements for the Environmental Management Commission to review North Carolina’s surface water quality standards every three years.

For logon information and a link to the proposed rules, visit https://bit.ly/3xh2ZbL. Send written comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mail them to Christopher Ventaloro, NC DEQ-DWR Planning Section, 1611 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1611.

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