EPA delays new water standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delaying new recommended water quality standards that are intended to protect people and the environment from pollution.

The EPA proposed new recommendations that states could voluntarily adopt in May, which identified 94 chemical pollutants as harmful to the local water supply, but the agency said Friday it is delaying the recommendations until it collects more scientific evidence. 

The water quality standards are intended to protect aquatic life and public health from pollution that seeps into local water supplies.

The recommended standards compliment any rules derived from the Clean Water Act.

The EPA said the public now has until Aug. 13 to comment on the proposed recommendations.