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Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of Proposed Determinations That Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) Are Not Needed

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice of availability.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces the availability for comment EPA proposed determinations that TMDLs are not needed for 54 waterbody/pollutant combinations in the Mermenatu and Vermilion/Teche river basins. EPA prepared the proposed determinations in response to a Court Order dated October 1, 1999, in the lawsuit Sierra Club, et al. v. Clifford et al., No. 96-0527, (E.D. La.). Under this court order, EPA is required to prepare TMDLs when needed for waters on the Louisiana 1998 section 303(d) list by December 31, 2007. EPA is also required to add or delete waters to the schedule as new data confirms that waters are or are not meeting water quality standards.

DATES:

Comments on the 54 proposed determinations that TMDLs are not needed must be submitted in writing to EPA on or before January 17, 2001.

ADDRESSES:

Comments on the proposed determinations should be sent to Ellen Caldwell, Environmental Protection Specialist, Water Quality Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6, 1445 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75202-2733. For further information, contact Ellen Caldwell at (214) 665-7513. The administrative record file for the proposed determinations is available for public inspection at this address as well. The administrative record file may be viewed at www.epa.gov/​region6/​water/​tmdl.htm, or 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:

Ellen Caldwell at (214) 665-7513.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In 1996, two Louisiana environmental groups, the Sierra Club and Louisiana Environmental Action Network (plaintiffs), filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (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. Discussion of the court's order may be found at 65 FR 54032 (September 6, 2000).

EPA Seeks Comments on 54 Proposed Determinations That TMDLs Are Not Necessary

WaterbodyWaterbody descriptionSuspected pollutantReason for delisting
050101Bayou Des Cannes—Headwaters to MermentauTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting Water Quality Standards (WQS).
050102Bayou Joe MarcelTurbidityAssessment of new data and information show it is meeting WQS.
050103Bayou MalletTurbidityAssessment of new data and information show it is meeting WQS.
050201Bayou Plaquemine Brule—Headwaters to Bayou Des CannesChlorides SulfatesAssessment of new data and information show it is meeting WQS.
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050301Bayou Nezpique—Headwaters to Mermentau RiverTurbidityAssessment of new data and information show it is meeting WQS.
050401Mermentau River—Origin To Lake ArthurTurbidityAssessment of new data and information show it is meeting WQS.
050402Lake Arthur and Lower MermentauTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
050501Bayou Que de Tortue—Headwaters to Mermentau RiverChlorides Sulfates PhosphorusAssessment of new data and information shows it is it meeting WQS.
050602Intracoastal WaterwayTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
050701Grand LakeTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
050702Intracoastal WaterwayTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
050703White LakeSulfatesAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
050901Bays and Gulf Waters to State 3-mile LimitTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060202Bayou CocodrieTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060203Chicot LakeTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060204Bayou Courtableau—Origin to West Atchafalaya Borrow Pit CanalChlorides TurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060205Bayou Teche—Headwaters at Bayou Courtableau to I-10TurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060207Bayou des Glaises Diversion ChannelTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060208Bayou Boeuf—Headwaters to Bayou CourtableauChlorides Sulfates TurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060209Irish Ditch/Big Bayou—Unnamed Ditch to Irish DitchSalinity/TDS Chlorides SulfatesAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060210Bayou CarronTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060211West Atchafalaya Borrow Pit CanalChlorides TurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060212Chatlin Lake Canal and Bayou DuLacTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060401Bayou Teche—Keystone Locks and Dam to Charenton CanalTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060501Bayou Teche—Charenton Canal to Wax Lake OutletTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060601Charenton CanalTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060701Tete BayouTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060702Lake Fausse Point and Dauterive LakeTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060703Bayou du PortageTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060801Vermilion River—Head-waters at Bayou Fusilier—Bourbeaux Junction to New Flanders (Ambassador Caffery Bridge at Hwy 3073)Chlorides Salinity/TDS TurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060802Vermilion River—From New Flanders (Ambassador Caffery Bridge at Hwy 3073) To Intracoastal WaterwaySalinity/TDS Chlorides Temp. TurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060803Vermilion River CutoffTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060804Intracoastal WaterwayTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060901Bayou Petite AnseTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060902Bayou Carlin (Delcambre Canal)—Lake Peigneur to Bayou Petite Anse (Estuarine)TurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060903Bayou TigreTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
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060904Vermilion River B890 Basin New Iberia Southern Drainage CanalTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060906Intracoastal WaterwayTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
060909Lake PeigneurTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.
061102Intracoastal WaterwayTurbidityAssessment of new data and information shows it is meeting WQS.

EPA requests that the public provide to EPA any water quality related data and information that may be relevant to the 54 proposed determinations that TMDLs are not necessary. EPA will review all data and information submitted during the public comment period and revise the determinations where appropriate.

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Dated: November 27, 2000.

Sam Becker,

Acting Director, Water Quality Protection Division, Region 6.

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[FR Doc. 00-32148 Filed 12-15-00; 8:45 am]

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