Who will be affected by this change?

Alaskans of all stripes will benefit from the assurance that higher Water Quality Standards are protecting our vital water and seafood resources. Some wastewater discharge permitees may need to upgrade their systems to ensure that wastewater from mines and municipal wastewater treatment facilities meet higher standards, or seek alternatives to reduce or avoid discharging waste into our clean waters. Alaska already limits several pollutants beyond what any new criteria would require. Many of the other target toxins are pesticides, herbicides, flame retardants and other organics that are not currently discharged by fish processors and others in the fishing industry.