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Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of South Dakota

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The State of South Dakota has revised its Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) primacy program by changing its definition of “public water system” and adding administrative penalty authority. Start Printed Page 49985Having determined that these revisions meet all pertinent requirements in the Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 U.S.C. 300f et seq., and EPA's implementing regulations at 40 CFR parts 141 and 142, the EPA approves them.

Today's approval action does not extend to public water systems in Indian Country as that term is defined in 18 U.S.C. 1151. Please see Supplementary Information, Item B.

DATES:

Any member of the public is invited to submit written comments and/or request a public hearing on this determination by September 15, 2000. Please see Supplementary Information, Item C for information on submitting comments and requesting a hearing. If no hearing is requested or granted, then this action shall become effective September 15, 2000. If a public hearing is requested and granted, then this determination shall not become effective until such time following the hearing as the Regional Administrator issues an order affirming or rescinding this action.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments and requests for a public hearing should be addressed to: Rebecca W. Hanmer, Acting Regional Administrator, c/o Linda Himmelbauer (8P-W-MS), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8, 999 18th Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80202-2466.

Reviewing Documents

All documents relating to this determination are available for inspection at the following locations: (1) U.S. EPA Region 8, Municipal Systems Unit, 999 18th Street (4th floor), Denver, Colorado 80202-2466; (2) South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Drinking Water Program, 523 East Capital Avenue, Pierre, South Dakota 57501.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Linda Himmelbauer, Municipal Systems Unit, EPA Region 8 (8P-W-MS), 999 18th Street, Suite 500, Denver, Colorado 80202-2466, telephone 303-312-6263.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Effective January 9, 1984, EPA approved South Dakota's application for assuming primary enforcement authority for the PWSS program, pursuant to section 1413 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), 42 U.S.C. 300g-2, and 40 CFR part 142 (see 48 FR 55173.) The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) administers South Dakota's PWSS program.

A. Why are Revisions to State Programs Necessary?

States with primary PWSS enforcement authority must comply with the requirements of 40 CFR part 142 for maintaining primacy. They must adopt regulations that are at least as stringent as the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWRs) at 40 CFR part 141. (40 CFR 142.10(a).) Changes to state programs may be necessary as federal primacy requirements change, as states must adopt all new and revised NPDWRs in order to retain primacy. (40 CFR 142.12(a).)

In 1996, Congress amended the SDWA to require that states with primary PWSS enforcement authority adopt certain authorities for administrative penalties. (SDWA section 1413(a)(6), 42 U.S.C. 300g-2(a)(6).) In 1988, EPA adopted a corresponding requirement for primacy states in its regulations in 40 CFR 142.10(f). (63 FR 23362, 23367.) To meet this new requirement, South Dakota enacted several new statutory provisions, S.D.C.L. sections 34A-3A-26, 34A-3A-27, and 34A-3A-28. EPA finds that these provisions fulfill the applicable requirements for administrative penalty authority.

The 1996 SDWA amendments also expanded the definition of a “public water system” subject to the SDWA and EPA's NPDWRs. EPA incorporated this change into its regulations in 1998 (63 FR 23362, 23366). In 1999, South Dakota adopted the broader definition in S.D.C.L. section 34A-3A-2(8). EPA finds that South Dakota's new definition is at least as stringent as the corresponding federal one.

B. How Does Today's Action Affect Indian Country (18 U.S.C. 1151) in South Dakota?

South Dakota is not authorized to carry out its Public Water System Supervision program in Indian country, as defined in 18 U.S.C. 1151. This includes, but is not limited to: Lands within the exterior boundaries of the following Indian Reservations located within the State of South Dakota:

a. Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

b. Crow Creek Indian Reservation.

c. Flandreau Indian Reservation.

d. Lower Brule Indian Reservation.

e. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

f. Rosebud Indian Reservation.

g. Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

h. Yankton Indian Reservation.

EPA held a public hearing on December 2, 1999, in Badlands National Park, South Dakota, and accepted public comments on the question of the location and extent of Indian country within the State of South Dakota. In a forthcoming Federal Register notice, EPA will respond to comments and more specifically identify Indian country areas in the State of South Dakota.

C. Requesting a Hearing and Submitting Written Comments

Any request for a public hearing shall include the following: (1) The name, address, and telephone number of the individual, organization, or other entity requesting a hearing; (2) a brief statement of the requesting person's interest in the Regional Administrator's determination and of information that the requesting person intends to submit at such hearing; and (3) the signature of the individual making the request, or, if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the signature of the responsible official of the organization or other entity.

Notice of any hearing shall be given not less than fifteen (15) days prior to the time scheduled for the hearing. Such notice will be made by the Regional Administrator in the Federal Register and in newspapers of general circulation in the State of South Dakota. A notice will also be sent to the person(s) requesting the hearing as well as to the State of South Dakota. The hearing notice will include a statement of purpose, information regarding time and location, and the address and telephone number where interested persons may obtain further information. A final determination will be made upon review of the hearing record.

Frivolous or insubstantial requests for a hearing may be denied by the Regional Administrator. However, if a substantial request is made within thirty (30) days after this notice, a public hearing will be held.

Please bring this notice to the attention of any persons known by you to have an interest in this determination.

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Jack W. McGraw,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region 8.

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[FR Doc. 00-20728 Filed 8-15-00; 8:45 am]

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