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EPA Approves Most of Latest Kansas Water Quality Standards

Release Date: 12/7/2005
Contact Information:
Environmental News
Martin Kessler
(913) 551-7236

kessler.martin@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 7, 2005

EPA APPROVES MOST OF LATEST KANSAS WATER QUALITY STANDARDS

EPA has approved nearly all the provisions of the new and revised Kansas water quality standards submitted to EPA by the state. The approved provisions are now effective for implementation purposes under the Clean Water Act.

EPA would like to commend the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) for the fine work the agency has done in preparation of the water quality standards revisions.

KDHE submitted new and revised Kansas Surface Water Quality Standards to EPA for review and approval, by letter dated May 26, 2005, pursuant to Section 303(c) of the Clean Water Act.

Under Section 303(c), states are required to review their water quality standards no less frequently than every three years and submit new or revised standards to EPA.

The May 26 submittal included revisions to the Kansas Administrative Regulations (K.A.R.), Title 28, Article 16, and a revised Kansas Surface Water Register dated November 5, 2004.

With this action, EPA is approving the following provisions of the new or revised water quality standards:

    • The addition of Primary Contact Recreation use designations for 171 water bodies.
    • The addition of Secondary Contact Recreation use designations for 268 water bodies.
    • The removal of 17 water bodies from the Kansas Surface Water Register dated November 5, 2004.
EPA is disapproving the removal of Wakefield Lake from the Kansas Surface Water Register as being inconsistent with the Clean Water Act. KDHE did not provide sufficient information to justify removing the lake from the Register.

EPA is deferring action on 15 streams for which KDHE originally proposed Secondary Contact Recreation use designations. KDHE will perform another study of those streams in 2006, because the analyses performed to support those designations were inconclusive. After this new study, KDHE will resubmit the information for EPA review.

* Our December 7 decision letter provides a more detailed description of EPA’s review and the basis for this action. To obtain an electronic copy of this decision letter, please contact Martin Kessler by phone or e-mail (see contact information above).


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