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Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action on 11 Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and Final Agency Action on 4 Determinations That TMDLs Are Not Needed

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This notice announces final agency action on 11 TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in Louisiana's Ouachita river basin, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). This notice also announces final agency action removing 4 waterbody/pollutant combinations from the Louisiana 303(d) list because TMDLs are not needed. The EPA evaluated these waters and prepared the 11 TMDL in response to a consent decree entered in the lawsuit Sierra Club, et al. v. Clifford et al., No. 96-0527, (E.D. La.). Documents from the administrative record files for the 4 determinations that TMDLs are not needed and for 11 the TMDLs, including TMDL calculations and responses to comments, may be viewed at www.epa.gov/region6/water/tmdl.htm. The administrative record files may be obtained by calling or writing Ms. Caldwell at the above address. Please contact Ms. Caldwell to schedule an inspection.

 

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Ellen Caldwell at (214) 665-7513.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

In 1996, two Louisiana environmental groups, the Sierra Club and Louisiana Environmental Action Network (plaintiffs), filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the EPA, styled Sierra Club, et al. v. Clifford et al., No. 96-0527, (E.D. La.). Among other claims, plaintiffs alleged that EPA failed to establish Louisiana TMDLs in a timely manner.

EPA Takes Final Agency Action on 11 TMDLs Back to Top

By this notice EPA is taking final agency action on the following 11 TMDLs for waters located within the Ouachita river basin:

Subsegment Waterbody name Pollutant
080401 Bayou Bartholomew—Arkansas State Line to Dead Bayou (Lake Bartholomew) (Scenic) Mercury.
080402 Bayou Bartholomew—Dead Bayou (Lake Bartholomew) to Ouachita River Mercury.
080302 Black River—Corps of Engineers Control Structure to Red River Organic enrichment/low DO.
081602 Little River—From Bear Creek to Catahoula Lake (Scenic) Siltation.
080401 Bayou Bartholomew—Arkansas State line to Dead Bayou Lake (Bartholomew) (Scenic) Suspended solids.
080202 Bayou Louis Turbidity.
080401 Bayou Bartholomew—Arkansas State line to Dead Bayou (Lake Bartholomew)(Scenic) Turbidity.
081002 Joe's Bayou—Headwaters to Bayou Macon Turbidity.
081202 Lake St. Joseph (Oxbow Lake) Turbidity.
081601 Little River—Confluence of Castor Creek and Dugdemona River to junction with Bear Creek (Scenic) Turbidity.
081602 Little River—From Bear Creek to Catahoula Lake (Scenic) Turbidity.

EPA requested the public to provide EPA with any significant data or information that may impact the 11 TMDLs in 67 FR 19575 (April 22, 2002). The comments received and EPA's response to comments may be found at www.epa.gov/region6/water/tmdl.htm.

Final Agency Action Removing 4 Waterbody/Pollutant Combinations for Waters Located Within the Calcasieu and Ouachita River Basins From the Louisiana 303(d) List Because TMDLs Are Not Needed Back to Top

Subsegment Waterbody name Pollutant
030201 Calcasieu River—Confluence with Marsh Bayou to Saltwater Barrier (Scenic) Lead.
081401 Dugdemona River—Headwaters to junction with Big Creek Nutrients.
081401 Dugdemona River—Headwaters to Organic enrichment/low DO.
081503 Beaucoup Creek—Headwaters to Castor Creek Organic enrichment/low DO (TMDL previously LDEQ established EPA approved).

EPA requested the public to provide to EPA any significant data or information that may impact the determinations that 4 TMDLs are not needed in 67 FR 19575 (April 22, 2002). The comments received and EPA's response to comments may be found at www.epa.gov/region6/water/tmdl.htm.

Dated: May 30, 2002.

Oscar Ramirez, Jr.,

Acting Director, Water Quality Protection Division, Region 6.

[FR Doc. 02-14499 Filed 6-12-02; 8:45 am]

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