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EPA’s New Recreational Water Quality Criteria and What it Means for Clean Water

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its 2012 recreational water quality criteria (RWQC), which updates existing criteria in effect since 1986. Although the numeric criteria values remained relatively unchanged, other alterations, including EPA’s recommended 30-day averaging period, will make the criteria more difficult to meet.
Though there was no evidence that EPA’s 1986 criteria […]

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