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Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of 4 Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)

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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: 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​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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Ellen Caldwell at (214) 665-7513.

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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:

SubsegmentWaterbody namePollutant
020401Bayou Lafourche—Donaldsonville to Intracoastal Waterway at LaroseDissolved Oxygen.
020401Bayou Lafourche—Donaldsonville to Intracoastal Waterway at LaroseNutrients.
020401Bayou Lafourche—Donaldsonville to Intracoastal Waterway at LaroseFecal Coliform.
020701Bayou Segnette—origin to Bayou VillarsFecal 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.

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Dated: February 2, 2004.

Miguel I. Flores,

Director, Water Quality Protection Division, Region 6.

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[FR Doc. 04-2712 Filed 2-6-04; 8:45 am]