Vol. 36 Iss. 6 - November 11, 2019

Chapter 260
Notice of Effective Date

Title of Regulation: 9VAC25-260. Water Quality Standards (amending 9VAC25-260-140, 9VAC25-260-170).

Statutory Authority: § 62.1-44.15 of the Code of Virginia; Clean Water Act (33 USC § 1251 et seq.); 40 CFR Part 131.

Effective Date: October 21, 2019.

On August 21, 2018, the State Water Control Board adopted revisions to the Water Quality Standards in 9VAC25-260-140 and 9VAC25-260-170. The revisions related to freshwater aquatic life criteria for cadmium and 94 human health criteria in 9VAC25-260-140 and bacteria criteria in 9VAC25-260-170.

The amendments were published as final regulations on June 24, 2019, in Volume 35, Issue 22 of the Virginia Register (35:22 VA.R. 2559-2582 June 24, 2019) to be effective upon the agency filing notice of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval with the Registrar of Regulations. The State Water Control Board received approval of all of the amendments from the EPA by letter dated October 18, 2019, and filed notice with the Registrar.

Copies are available online at, by calling toll free at (800) 592-5482 ext. 4121 or local at (804) 698-4121, or by written request or email request to the agency contact.

Agency Contact: David Whitehurst, Department of Environmental Quality, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218, telephone (804) 698-4121, FAX (804) 698-4032, or email

VA.R. Doc. No. R18-2148; Filed October 21, 2019, 2:28 p.m.