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Notice of Availability of Draft NPDES General Permits for Reverse Osmosis Reject Water Discharges in the State of Massachusetts

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Environmental Protection Agency.


Notice of availability of the draft NPDES General Permit MAG450000.


The Director of the Office of Ecosystem Protection, Environmental Protection Agency-New England (EPA-NE), is today providing notice of the availability of the Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for reverse osmosis reject water discharges to certain waters in the State of Massachusetts as authorized by section 301(a) of the Clean Water Act. See also 40 CFR 122.28. The draft NPDES general permit establishes Notice of Intent (NOI) requirements, effluent limitations, standards, prohibitions and management practices for reverse osmosis reject water discharges. Reverse osmosis reject water is defined as pumped or drained wastewater discharges from reverse osmosis units.

Owners and/or operators of sites that discharge reverse osmosis reject water, will be required to submit an NOI to EPA-NE to be covered by the appropriate general permit and will receive a written notification from EPA-NE of permit coverage and authorization to discharge under the general permit. The general permit does not cover new sources as defined under 40 CFR 122.2.


For comment period: Interested persons may submit comments on the draft general permit as part of the administrative record to the EPA-NE, at the address given below, no later than April 11, 2002.


The draft permit is based on an administrative record available for public review at EPA-NE, Office of Ecosystem Protection (CPE), 1 Congress Street, Suite 1100, Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2023. Written comments may be hand delivered or mailed to this address. Electronic comments may be e-mailed to

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Additional information concerning the draft permit may be obtained between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays from: Betsy Davis, EPA-NE, Office of Ecosystem Protection, NPDES Permit Unit; One Congress Street, Boston, MA 02114-2023; telephone: 617-918-1576; e-mail:

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The draft NPDES general permit may be viewed over the Internet via the EPA-NE web site​region01/​topics/​water/​permits.html. To obtain a hard copy of the document, please call, e-mail or write to Ms. Davis at the addresses listed above. The draft general permit includes FACT SHEET AND SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections that set forth principal facts and the significant factual, legal and policy questions considered in the Start Printed Page 11116development of the draft permit. A reasonable fee may be charged for copying requests.

When the general permit is issued, it will be published in its entirety in the Federal Register. The general permit will be effective on the date specified in the Federal Register and it will expire five years from the date that the final permit is published in the Federal Register.

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Dated: February 19, 2002.

Robert W. Varney,

Regional Administrator, Region I.

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[FR Doc. 02-5867 Filed 3-11-02; 8:45 am]