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DEQ Seeking Public Comment on Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards

All aspects of Montana’s water quality standards reviewed every three years

Friday, May 20, 2016/Categories: Department of Environmental Quality/Tags:

Helena – Every three years the Montana Department of Environmental Quality conducts a comprehensive review of the state water quality standards. This review keeps standards current and protective of public health and the environment. A significant part of the review process is accepting comments from the public.

The public will have the opportunity to provide comments on June 3, 2016, at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Environmental Review. Input will be accepted on any aspect of Montana’s surface water quality standards that a person believes the BER should consider for possible revision.

Montana’s water quality standards include the Administrative Rules of Montana, Title 17, Chapter 30, subchapters 5 (mixing zones), 6 (water quality standards), 7 (nondegradation), and 10 (groundwater protection), and DEQ Circulars DEQ-7 and DEQ-12. Also included is Montana’s compliance schedule authorizing provision at ARM 17.30.1350.

The public is invited to submit data, views, or arguments concerning water quality standards either orally or in writing at the BER hearing, June 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., Room 111 of the Metcalf Building, 1520 East 6th Avenue, Helena Montana.

Comments may also be submitted to: Amy Steinmetz, DEQ, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, Montana, 59620-0901; fax 406-444-6836; or email: asteinmetz@mt.gov In addition, comments may be submitted on the DEQ website at: http://comment.cwaic.mt.gov/commentpage.aspx?cmntkey=tD1bnMl6Pu

Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., June 3, 2016 and should identify the water quality standard at issue, any suggested revision to the standard, and the basis for the suggested revision, including technical information.

The DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities who wish to participate in this hearing. If you require an accommodation, contact Amy Steinmetz at 406-444-0371 or by email to asteinmetz@mt.gov to advise us of the nature of the accommodation.

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