Thursday, August 30, 2012

Revisions To Oklahoma Water Quality Standards

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) Water Quality Programs Division is currently planning the 2012 triennial revision of Oklahoma’s Water Quality Standards (OAC 785:45) and the Implementation of Oklahoma’s Water Quality Standards (WQS) (OAC 785:46). In contrast to previous interim revisions, this revision may consider all aspects of the WQS document. OWRB has already announced that it is currently planning revisions to the human health criteria.

OWRB is requesting public input on any additional revisions stakeholders believe should be considered. Because is the first time the entire WQS document has been completely opened since 2009, OWRB anticipates a significant number of revision requests. Informal meetings will be held on the following dates, to discuss the potential revision topics in the Board Room at the OWRB Oklahoma City office.

  • Friday, September 14, 2012, 9:30 A.M.
  • Thursday, October 11, 2012, 2:00 P.M.

The meetings will be followed with a formal Notice of Rulemaking Intent, formal proposed language, a Rule Impact Statement, a formal comment period from mid-November through December 2012 and a formal public hearing in January 2013.

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