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Extension of Request for Scientific Views for External Peer Review Draft Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criterion for Selenium-Freshwater 2014

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Notice; extension of the request for scientific views.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is re-opening the comment period for the external peer review draft aquatic life ambient water quality criterion for selenium announced in a previous notice entitled “External Peer Review Draft Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criterion for Selenium—Freshwater 2014.” In response to stakeholder requests, the EPA is extending the period of time in which the Agency will accept scientific views for an additional 30 days.


Scientific views must be received on or before July 28, 2014. Scientific views postmarked after this date may not receive the same consideration.

The comment period was originally scheduled to end on June 13, 2014.


Submit your scientific views, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0019, by one of the following methods:

  • Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
  • Email: Attention Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0019.
  • Mail: EPA Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822-IT, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. Attention Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0019. Please include a total of two copies (including references).
  • Hand Delivery: EPA Water Docket, EPA Docket Center, William Jefferson Clinton West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004, Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0019. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

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Kathryn Gallagher at U.S. EPA, Office of Water, Health and Ecological Criteria Division (4304T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (202) 564-1398; or email:

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On May 14, 2014, the EPA announced the availability of the external peer review draft national recommended aquatic life water quality criterion for selenium in a previous notice entitled “External Peer Review Draft Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criterion for Selenium—Freshwater 2014” in the Federal Register (79 FR 27601). EPA's recommended aquatic life water quality criteria provide technical information for states and authorized tribes to adopt water quality standards under the Clean Water Act to protect aquatic life.

EPA is re-opening the public comment period of the External Peer Review Draft Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criterion for Selenium—Freshwater 2014 (EPA-822-P-14-001). The original comment deadline was June 13, 2014. This action re-opens the comment period for 30 days. Written scientific views must now be received by July 28, 2014. This external peer review draft criterion document does not represent and should not be construed to represent any final EPA policy, viewpoint, or determination.Start Printed Page 36317

Following closure of the public comment period, an EPA contractor will organize and conduct an independent expert external letter peer review of the draft criterion document. Public comments will be made available to the peer reviewers for consideration during their review. Following peer review, EPA will consider the peer reviewer and public comments, and revise the document as necessary. EPA will then publish a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the draft proposed selenium criterion and soliciting scientific views from the public. EPA will then revise the document as necessary and issue a final updated selenium criterion document.

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Dated: June 18, 2014.

Elizabeth Southerland,

Director, Office of Science and Technology.

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[FR Doc. 2014-14995 Filed 6-25-14; 8:45 am]