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Revised Water Quality Standards Approved for Nebraska

Release Date: 09/30/2009
Contact Information: Chris Whitley, 913-551-7394, whitley.christopher@epa.gov

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(Kansas City, Kan., Sept. 30, 2009) - EPA has approved revised Nebraska water quality standards to support recreational activities and the protection of aquatic life. The approved water quality standards include updated criteria for several pollutants and protection of over 3,200 miles of streams for recreation.

"EPA appreciates Nebraska’s ongoing efforts to revise its water quality standards. The work done by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality will further protect the waters of the state," said William Rice, Acting Regional Administrator.

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality submitted new and revised Nebraska surface water quality standards to EPA for review and approval, as required by the Clean Water Act. EPA’s September 30, 2009, decision letter provides a more detailed description of EPA’s review and the basis for this action. The decision letter is available at www.epa.gov/region07/news_events/legal.

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