Environmental Protection Agency Updates National Recommended Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Human Health

Published May 14, 2014

The U.S. EPA has published draft updated national recommended water quality criteria for the protection of human health. Among other changes, the EPA has updated its criteria for 94 chemical pollutants and increased its fish consumption rate to 22 grams/day from the previous 17.5 grams/day. The update is based on EPA’s current methodology for deriving human health criteria as described in ‘‘Methodology for Deriving Ambient Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Human Health (2000)” and does not establish new policy.

The draft is available for public comment; the public comment period runs May 13 and ends on July 14, 2014. For more information, contact James Tupper at tupper@tmw-law.com.

  • To view the Human Health Ambient Water Quality Criteria Draft 2014 Update Factsheet and detailed information on how to submit comments, click here.
  • For more information from the EPA regarding the update, click here.