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EPA Releases Updated Water Quality Criteria

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The EPA has released its 2012 water quality criteria recommendations for protecting human health in all coastal and non-coastal recreational waters. This is the first time since the BEACH Act was passed back in 2000 that the EPA has revised their federal water quality standards. These standards are used to make beach management decisions and to determine if a water body meets the health threshold to support swimming, surfing and other primary contact recreational activities.

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