2002 News Releases
EPA PROPOSES WATER QUALITY STANDARDS FOR WATERS IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Release Date: 11/15/2002
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, EPA Press and Media Relations, 404-562-8421
|The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has proposed water quality standards that establish a federal antidegradation policy and implementation methods for high-quality waters in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. High quality waters are defined as waters whose quality is better than that necessary to support fish, shellfish, and wildlife and recreation in and on the water. If the proposal is adopted as final, Kentucky will have to conduct more reviews to determine the need for new or increased discharges to high quality waters. This action was taken as a result of EPA's disapproval of Kentucky's high quality waters provisions because the Commonwealth only applies its high quality water protections to its "exceptional" waters category, a category which represents less than 2 percent of the Commonwealth's water bodies.
EPA's proposal includes:
The public is invited to comment on the proposed water quality standards that were published in the Federal Register, Thursday, November 14, 2002. The comment period will extend until March 14, 2003. The comments will be reviewed by EPA Region 4 and a final Federal Register notice addressing all comments and announcing a final decision then will be issued.
The material can be viewed in the official public docket from 9:00AM to 3:30PM, Monday through Friday, at EPA Region 4, Water Management Division, Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, SW Atlanta, 30303-3104. Ask for Proposed Water Quality Standards for Kentucky OW-2002-0022.
The document also can be found on the EPA web site at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/ or use EPA's E-DOCKETS at http://www.epa.gov/edocket/ to submit or view public comments. Refer to the Federal Register notice for instructions on submitting comments.
EPA will hold a public hearing on this proposal on January 23, 2003 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM and from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at the Capital Plaza Convention Complex, 405 Mero Street, Frankfort, Kentucky.