EPA proposes new water quality rule for Washington state

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is following through on its promise to propose a new clean-water rule for Washington, in case the state doesn’t come up with its own plan in time.

The EPA plans to officially publish its proposed rule in mid-September for public review. It posted details on its website last week.

“Our preference is to work with states and have them develop standards that are protective,” said Daniel Opalski, who leads the EPA’s regional office of water, based in Seattle. The agency would halt its process “if the state comes forward and proposes something,” he added. Read the rest of the story here.