Water Quality: Improved EPA Guidance and Support Can Help States Develop Standards That Better Target Cleanup Efforts

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A chapter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Water quality standards are composed of designated uses and criteria. These standards are critical in making accurate, scientifically based determinations about which of the nation's waters are in need of cleanup. To assess EPA and states' actions to improve standards, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment asked GAO to determine the extent to which (1) states are changing designated uses when necessary and EPA is assisting the states toward that end and (2) EPA is updating its criteria documents and assisting states ... continued below

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United States. General Accounting Office. January 30, 2003.

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A chapter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Water quality standards are composed of designated uses and criteria. These standards are critical in making accurate, scientifically based determinations about which of the nation's waters are in need of cleanup. To assess EPA and states' actions to improve standards, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment asked GAO to determine the extent to which (1) states are changing designated uses when necessary and EPA is assisting the states toward that end and (2) EPA is updating its criteria documents and assisting states in establishing criteria that can be compared with reasonably obtainable monitoring data."

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United States. General Accounting Office. Water Quality: Improved EPA Guidance and Support Can Help States Develop Standards That Better Target Cleanup Efforts, report, January 30, 2003; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc291023/: accessed September 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.