Withdrawal of federal rule from Michigan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Feb. 6, 2003 the Direct Final rule will be in effect.

Jan. 8, 2003 -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Feb. 6, 2003 the Direct Final rule will be in effect.

In 1992, EPA promulgated Federal regulations establishing water quality criteria for priority toxic pollutants for 12 states and two territories, including Michigan, that had not fully complied with Clean Water Act [known as the "National Toxics Rule" (NTR)].

The Agency then published the Water Quality Guidance for the Great Lakes System (GLI) providing recommendations on how to consistently protect the waters of the Great Lakes. Michigan adopted the GLI recommendations into their standards, and EPA approved their revisions.

As a result, Federal criteria were no longer needed. You can learn more about this action and other water quality standards activities by visiting the internet at http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/standards/actions.htm.


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