Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Notice of tentative approval.
Notice is hereby given that the State of Oregon has revised its approved State Public Water Supply Supervision (PWSS) Primacy Program. Oregon has revised its PWSS program with respect to administrative penalty authority, has adopted a revised definition of public water system, and has adopted drinking water regulations requiring consumer confidence reports from all community water systems. EPA has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends on approving these State program revisions. This approval action does not extend to public water systems (PWSs) in Indian Country, as that term is defined in 18 U.S.C. 1151. EPA interprets its past approvals as not extending to Indian Country unless the State has made an explicit demonstration of jurisdiction over Indian Country and EPA has specifically approved the State's Drinking Water program over that area. EPA is aware that, historically, certain non-Indian owned PWSs in Indian Country may have followed the State's PWS program. EPA is currently developing a plan to secure EPA oversight of all of these systems in a manner which will ensure that the public health and welfare of all PWS users are protected.
All interested parties may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing must be submitted by January 22, 2001, to the Regional Administrator at the address shown below. Frivolous or insubstantial requests for a hearing may be denied by the Regional Administrator. However, if a substantial request for a public hearing is made by January 22, 2001, a public hearing will be held. If no timely and appropriate request for a hearing is received and the Regional Administrator does not elect to hold a hearing on his own motion, this determination shall become final and effective on January 22, 2001. Any request for a public hearing shall include the following information:
(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 a brief statement of the information that the requesting person intends to submit at such hearing; (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 a responsible official of the organization or other entity.
All documents relating to this determination are available for inspection between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the following offices:
Oregon Health Division, Drinking Water Section, 800 N.E. Oregon Street, Portland, Oregon 97232, and
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 Library, 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Wendy Marshall, EPA Region 10, Drinking Water Unit, at the Seattle Start Printed Page 80863address given above; telephone (206) 553-1890.Start Signature
Dated: December 12, 2000.
Ronald A. Kreizenbeck,
Acting Regional Administrator, Region 10.
[FR Doc. 00-32671 Filed 12-21-00; 8:45 am]
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