[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 208 (Wednesday, October 28, 2015)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 65980]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-27474]



40 CFR Part 131

[EPA-HQ-OW-2015-0174; FRL-9936-29-OW]

Extension of Public Comment Period for the Revision of Certain 
Federal Water Quality Criteria Applicable to Washington

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the 
comment period for the proposed rule, ``Revision of Certain Federal 
Water Quality Criteria Applicable to Washington.'' In response to 
stakeholder requests, EPA is extending the comment period for an 
additional 45 days, from November 13, 2015, to December 28, 2015. EPA 
will offer virtual public hearings on the proposed rule via the 
Internet in December 2015.

DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published September 14, 
2015 (80 FR 55063) is extended. Comments must be received on or before 
December 28, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-
2015-0174, at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online 
instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot 
be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. EPA may publish any comment 
received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any 
information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) 
or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. 
Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a 
written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment 
and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. EPA will 
generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of 
the primary submission (i.e., on the web, cloud, or other file sharing 
system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment 
policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general 
guidance on making effective comments, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erica Fleisig, Office of Water, 
Standards and Health Protection Division (4305T), Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; 
telephone number: (202) 566-1057; email address: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 14, 2015, EPA published the 
proposed rule, ``Revision of Certain Federal Water Quality Criteria 
Applicable to Washington'' in the Federal Register (80 FR 55063). EPA 
proposes to revise the current federal Clean Water Act human health 
criteria applicable to waters under the state of Washington's 
jurisdiction to ensure that the criteria are set at levels that will 
adequately protect Washington residents, including tribes with treaty-
protected rights, from exposure to toxic pollutants.
    The original deadline to submit comments on the proposed rule was 
November 13, 2015. This action extends the comment period for 45 days. 
Written comments must now be received by December 28, 2015.
    Additionally, EPA will offer virtual public hearings on the 
proposed rule via the Internet in December 2015. For details on these 
public hearings, such as the date and time as well as registration 
information, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/wqs-tech/water-quality-standards-regulations-washington.

    Dated: October 20, 2015.
Kenneth J. Kopocis,
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water.
[FR Doc. 2015-27474 Filed 10-27-15; 8:45 am]