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2014 Texas Surface Water Quality Standards

Links to information about the 2014 revision of the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards.

At the February 12, 2014 TCEQ Commission Agenda meeting,the Commissioners adopted revisions to the “Texas Surface Water Quality Standards”, as codified by rule in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 30, Chapter 307. The 2014 Standards became effective as a state rule on March 6, 2014.

The 2014 Standards revisions and supporting documentation were submitted to EPA for review and approval on April 23, 2014. EPA provides notice to TCEQ whenever approval or other actions are taken on portions of the revised standards. The EPA must approve the 2014 Standards in order for them to be used for federal permitting programs and other Clean Water Act purposes. During the EPA’s review of the 2014 Standards, the 1997, 2000, and 2010 Standards will continue to be used in federal permitting programs such as the TPDES program.

The 1997 Standards remain in effect for those portions of the 2000, 2010, and 2014 Standards not approved by EPA. For non-federal programs, the 2014 Standards are in effect unless specifically disapproved by EPA.

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The 2014 Standards Background Information

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EPA Review of the 2014 Water Quality Standards

On April 23, 2014, a submittal package in support of the adopted revisions to the standards was sent to the EPA. The EPA has finalized the first round of approvals of the 2014 Standards in an action letter dated September 23, 2014. This letter does not address all outstanding portions of the rule requiring EPA review, and major sections still under consideration by the EPA include the addition of primary contact recreation 2; revisions to §307.4 and §307.7 regarding contact recreation standards; several revised site-specific criteria in Appendix A and D; and several site-specific recreational uses and criteria for unclassified water bodies in Appendix G. A highlighted version of the 2014 Standards rule language has been provided to more clearly demonstrate which sections of the standards the EPA has taken action on pursuant to the action letter. A key is provided at the beginning of the document to specify what portions of the 2014 Standards the EPA has approved, disapproved, taken no action, or is still reviewing. This document will be updated as additional EPA action letters are received.

*The rules the TCEQ makes available on this site as a public service are not a substitute for the official rules as approved and filed with the Office of the Secretary of State. See full disclaimerExit the TCEQ. The TCEQ assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any information provided on this site. Official copies of TCEQ rules may be obtained by e-mailing register@sos.state.tx.us.

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The 2014 Standards and Associated Documents

*The rules the TCEQ makes available on this site as a public service are not a substitute for the official rules as approved and filed with the Office of the Secretary of State. See full disclaimerExit the TCEQ. The TCEQ assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any information provided on this site. Official copies of TCEQ rules may be obtained by e-mailing register@sos.state.tx.us.

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Staff Contacts

For more information on the Water Quality Standards (30 TAC Chapter 307), contact Debbie Miller at 512-239-1703 or standards@tceq.texas.gov. You can also contact Ms. Miller by fax at 512-239-4410 or mail at TCEQ, MC-234, PO BOX 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087.

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