DELAWARE RIVER BASIN COMMISSION
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING AND PUBLIC HEARING
Amendments to the Water Quality Regulations, Water Code and Comprehensive Plan to Update Water Quality Criteria for Toxic Pollutants in the Delaware Estuary and Extend These Criteria to Delaware Bay
The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC or “Commission”) will hold a public hearing to receive comments on proposed amendments to the Commission's Water Quality Regulations, Water Code and Comprehensive Plan to update many of the Commission’s stream quality objectives (also called water quality criteria) for human health and aquatic life for toxic pollutants in the Delaware Estuary (DRBC Water Quality Zones 2 through 5) and to extend application of the criteria to Delaware Bay (DRBC Water Quality Zone 6). The proposed changes will bring the Commission’s criteria for toxic pollutants into conformity with current guidance published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and provide a more consistent regulatory framework for managing the tidal portion of the main stem Delaware River.
The public hearing will take place on Thursday, September 23 at 2:30 p.m. and will continue on that day until all those who wish to testify are afforded an opportunity to do so. Written comments will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2010.
The public hearing will take place in the Goddard Room at the Commission's office building, located at 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, New Jersey. Driving directions are available on the Commission's Web site, www.drbc.net. Please do not rely on Internet mapping services as they may not provide accurate directions to this location.
Written comments may be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; by fax to Regulations at 609-883-9522; by U.S. Mail to Regulations c/o Commission Secretary, DRBC, P.O. Box 7360, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360; or by private mail carrier to Regulations c/o Commission Secretary, DRBC, 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360. In all cases, please include the commenter's name, address and affiliation if any in the comment and include “Water Quality Criteria” in the subject line.
The current rule and the full text of the proposed amendments are posted on the Commission's Web site, www.drbc.net, along with the report entitled “Water Quality Criteria for Toxic Pollutants for Zones 2-6 of the Delaware Estuary: Basis and Background Document” (DRBC, June 2010) and a set of PowerPoint slides presented to the Commission at the latter’s public meeting on December 9, 2009 by the chair of the Commission’s Toxics Advisory Committee. Hard copies of these materials may be obtained for the price of postage by contacting Ms. Paula Schmitt at 609-883-9500, ext. 224. For questions about the technical basis for the rule, please contact Dr. Ronald MacGillivray at 609-477-7252. For queries about the rulemaking process, please contact Pamela Bush at 609-477-7203.