Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Notice of availability.
This notice announces final agency action modifying 12 established TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in Louisiana's Mermentau and Vermilion/Teche river basins, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The EPA evaluated these waters and prepared the 12 TMDLs 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 12 modified TMDLs, including TMDL calculations and responses to comments, may be viewed at http://www.epa.gov/region6/water/tmdl.htm.
The administrative record files may be obtained by writing or calling Ms. Ellen Caldwell, Environmental Protection Specialist, Water Quality Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6, 1445 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75202-2733. Please contact Ms. Caldwell to schedule an inspection.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ellen Caldwell at (214) 665-7513.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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 12 Modified TMDLs
By this notice EPA is taking final agency action modifying the following 12 TMDLs for waters located within the Mermentau and Vermilion/Teche river basins:
|050102||Bayou Joe Marcel||Pathogen indicators|
|060204||Bayou Courtableau—Origin to West Atchafalaya Borrow Pit Canal||Pathogen indicators|
|060212||Chatlin Lake Canal and Bayou Dulac||Pathogen indicators|
|060701||Tete Bayou||Pathogen indicators|
|060703||Bayou Portage||Pathogen indicators|
|060901||Bayou Petite Anse||Pathogen indicators|
|060909||Lake Peigneur||Pathogen indicators|
|060911||Dugas Canal||Pathogen indicators|
|060204||Bayou Courtableau—Origin to West Atchafalaya Borrow Pit Canal||Sulfates|
|050201||Bayou Plaquemine Brule—Headwaters to Bayou Des Cannes||TDS|
|050501||Bayou Queue de Tortue—Headwaters to Mermentau River||TDS|
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|060208||Bayou Boeuf—Headwaters to Bayou Courtableau||TDS|
EPA requested the public to provide EPA with any significant data or information that may impact the 12 modified TMDLs in 67 FR 77257 (December 17, 2002). The comments received and EPA's response to comments may be found at http://www.epa.gov/region6/water/tmdl.htm.Start Signature
Dated: April 17, 2003.
Miguel I. Flores,
Director, Water Quality Protection Division, Region 6.
[FR Doc. 03-10270 Filed 4-24-03; 8:45 am]
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