Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Water Quality Standards [9 VAC 25 ‑ 260]
Rulemaking to adopt site specific selenium aquatic life criteria for four streams which are tributaries to Knox Creek in Buchanan County
Action 6387
General Information
Action Summary In response to a petition to amend the Water Quality Standards regulation (WQS), the State Water Control Board proposes to amend the WQS (9VAC25-260) to incorporate site-specific selenium criteria for the protection of freshwater aquatic life in four streams which are tributaries to Knox Creek in Buchanan County, Virginia. The specific streams which are the focus of this rulemaking are: 1) Race Fork and tributaries; 2) Pounding Mill Creek and tributaries; 3) Right Fork of Lester Fork and tributaries; 4) Abners Fork and tributaries. The intent of this rulemaking is to establish site-specific selenium aquatic life criteria which protect designated and beneficial uses of state waters by adopting regulations that are technically correct and reasonable. These site-specific criteria will be implemented in water quality programs which protect and maintain the WQS, including the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program and the Clean Water Act 305(b) water quality assessment report and 303(d) listing of impaired waters.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [7765]
Associated Petitions for Rulemaking Site-specific aquatic life ambient criterion for selenium
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
10201 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/27/2024.
10400 Proposed DPB review in progress.
Contact Information
Name / Title: David Whitehurst 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Phone: (804)774-9180    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.