Tribal Webinar—Dec 15; Comments due on ANPRM Baseline Water Quality Standards—Dec 28

Two important events for EPA’s Clean Water Act Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to Establish Federal Baseline Water Quality Standards For Indian Reservations:

EPA will conduct a second public webinar on Thursday, December 15 as part of the 90-day public notice period for the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM): Federal Baseline Water Quality Standards for Indian Reservations.  The ANPRM was published in the federal register on September 29, 2016.

REGISTRATION: Thursday, December 15, 3-4:30pm EST

 EPA welcomes and encourages comments on the ANPRM. The public notice period closes on December 28.  Comments can be submitted through the docket at: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2016-0405

 EPA is considering establishing federal baseline water quality standards (WQS) for certain Indian reservation waters to close a long-standing gap in coverage of Clean Water Act protections. Currently, fewer than 50 of over 300 tribes with reservation lands have WQS effective under the Clean Water Act; most of the reservations with existing Clean Water Act-effective WQS have obtained the coverage through treatment in a manner similar to a state under Clean Water Act section 518. In advance of any potential rulemaking to address this gap of Clean Water Act coverage, EPA is requesting comments for 90 days on whether to establish such federal baseline WQS for Indian reservation waters that do not yet have WQS under the Clean Water Act and, if so, which approach EPA should take and how they should be implemented.

More information on the ANPRM can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/wqs-tech/advance-notice-proposed-rulemaking-federal-baseline-water-quality-standards-indian

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