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District of Columbia Water Quality Standards for Public Hearing and Public Comment - 2016 Triennial Review

Monday, July 1, 2019


DOEE, in accordance with the authority set forth in the District Department of the Environment Establishment Act of 2005, effective February 15, 2006 (D.C. Law 16-51; D.C. Official Code § 8-151.01 et seq.); sections 5 and 21 of the Water Pollution Control Act of 1984, effective March 16, 1985 (D.C. Law 5-188; D.C. Official Code §§ 8-103.04 and 8-103.20); and Mayor’s Order 98-50, dated April 15, 1998, as amended by Mayor’s Order 2006-61, dated June 14, 2006, hereby gives notice of the proposed rulemaking action to amend Chapter 11 of Title 21 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) (Water Quality Standards).

DOEE is conducting a triennial review of the District of Columbia’s Water Quality Standards regulations as required by the Water Pollution Control Act of 1984 and section 303 of the federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. § 1313(c)). Changes to the water quality standards include updates to aquatic life criteria for ammonia, aquatic life criteria for cadmium, and human health criteria for ninety-four (94) parameters. All other provisions, tables, and definitions in the Chapter remain unchanged.

The proposed regulations can be downloaded from the links below. A hard copy may also be obtained from the DOEE offices at 1200 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, 5th floor. Please email [email protected] to arrange for pick-up.

Public Hearing

Monday, August 5, 2019
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Department of Energy and Environment
1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

NOMA Gallaudet (Red Line) Metro Stop

Comments clearly marked “DOEE WQS Second Proposed Rule” may also be hand delivered or mailed to the DOEE offices at the address listed above. Persons may also submit written testimony by email, with a subject line of “DOEE WQS Second Proposed Rule,” to the attention of Rebecca Diehl at [email protected]. All comments should be received no later than the conclusion of the public hearing on Monday, August 5, 2019.

Persons present at the hearing who wish to be heard may testify. All presentations shall be limited to five minutes. Presenters are urged to submit written statements. DOEE will consider all comments received.