DEP Withdraws Proposed Water Quality Standards Opposed By Business

On Wednesday the Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Resources Advisory Committee voted to advance the DEP’s final Chapter 93 Water Quality Standards to the Environmental Quality Board for its consideration, but without the proposed standards for molybdenum, sulfates, chlorides, and 1-4 dioxane that raised the concern of the business community.

As the rulemaking was being considered, Pennsylvania Chamber members joined with other statewide business trade associations to advocate for the removal of the four proposed standards because they were not rooted in clear scientific evidence and failed to take the economic impact of the regulated community into account.

Some of the Pennsylvania industries that could have been economically impacted by the standards included electric generation, oil and gas, coal, steel, pharmaceuticals and metallurgy.

For more information, visit DEP’s Water Resources Advisory Committee webpage.

(Reprinted from PA Camber of Business and Industry)


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