The Clean Water Act requires that Kentucky review its water quality standards every three years and comply with the programmatic requirements of 40 C.F.R. Part 131 (Clean Water Act).
On August 10, 2015, The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) filed four proposed amended regulations with the Legislative Research Commission (LRC), to update its water quality standards.
These regulations are: 401 KAR 10:026 – Designation of uses of surface waters, 401 KAR 10:029 – General provisions, 401 KAR 10:030 – Antidegradation policy implementation methodology, and 401 KAR 10:031 – Surface water standards.
The DOW received comments at the public hearing on Sept. 24, 2015, and through the comment period which ended on Sept. 30, 2015. The LRC approved DOW’s request for an extension of time in which to consider and respond to those comments through the Statement of Consideration and to amend 401 KAR 10:031 (Surface water standards) as a result.
The Statement of Consideration and 401 KAR 10:031 (Amended After Comments) will be available on the LRC Regulation website at http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/frntpage.htm when they are published in the Administrative Register. They will also be available on the DOW website at http://water.ky.gov/Pages/RegsInProcess.aspx. Both websites can be accessed online through public libraries or any computer with Internet access.
The DOW appreciates the thoughtful comments provided and the public’s participation in this very important process of protecting the Commonwealth’s water resources.