DEC’s Antidegradation Regulations. Michelle Hale, Director, Division of Water for the Department of Environmental Conservation is the guest speaker. The Federal Clean Water Act requires states to have an antidegradation policy and implementation methods. Antidegradation is a tool used to protect the water quality in the State of Alaska and implementation is the method or process for determining whether and to what extent the water quality may be lowered or degraded. Alaska's current antidegradation policy, adopted in 1997, is found in the Water Quality Standards regulations at 18 AAC 70.015. EPA approved Alaska's policy with the stipulation that Alaska write implementation guidance. DEC adopted interim implementation methods in July 2010, but has not yet adopted final implementation procedures. The DEC has now circulated draft regulations for public comment that incorporate Alaska’s final implementation procedures. The public comment period on the regulations will close March 17, just prior to this meeting. The ADEC Water Section’s webpage which includes the Antidegradation Policy and links to the draft regulations, a fact sheet, and a power point on the topic is found at: http://dec.alaska.gov/water/wqsar/Antidegradation/index.html
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