Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Notice of availability.
This notice announces the availability for comment of the administrative record files for 4 TMDLs and the calculations for these TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in the Barataria river basin, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). These TMDLs were completed in response to a court order in the lawsuit styled Sierra Club, et al. v. Clifford, et al., No. 96-0527, (E.D. La.).
Comments must be submitted in writing to EPA on or before March 10, 2004.
Comments on the 4 TMDLs 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 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, contact Ellen Caldwell at (214) 665-7513. The administrative record files for the 4 TMDLs are available for public inspection at this address as well. Documents from the administrative record files may be viewed at http://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.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 Seeks Comment on 4 TMDLs
By this notice EPA is seeking comment on the following 4 TMDLs for Start Printed Page 5986waters located within the Barataria river basin:
|020401||Bayou Lafourche—Donaldsonville to Intracoastal Waterway at Larose||Dissolved Oxygen.|
|020401||Bayou Lafourche—Donaldsonville to Intracoastal Waterway at Larose||Nutrients.|
|020401||Bayou Lafourche—Donaldsonville to Intracoastal Waterway at Larose||Fecal Coliform.|
|020701||Bayou Segnette—origin to Bayou Villars||Fecal Coliform.|
EPA requests that the public provide any water quality related data and information that may be relevant to the calculations for 4 TMDLs. EPA will review all data and information submitted during the public comment period and revise the TMDL where appropriate. EPA will then forward the TMDLs to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). The LDEQ will incorporate the TMDLs into its current water quality management plan.Start Signature
Dated: February 2, 2004.
Miguel I. Flores,
Director, Water Quality Protection Division, Region 6.
[FR Doc. 04-2712 Filed 2-6-04; 8:45 am]
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