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Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action on 2 Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Notice of availability.


This notice announces final agency action on 2 TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in Louisiana's Barataria river basin, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Documents from the administrative record file for the 2 TMDLs, including TMDL calculations and responses to comments, may be viewed at​region6/​water/​tmdl.htm. The administrative record file may be examined by calling or writing Ms. Ellen Caldwell at the following address. Please contact Ms. Caldwell to schedule an inspection.

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Ellen Caldwell, Environmental Protection Specialist, Water Quality Protection Division, U.S. EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202-2733, telephone (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.

By this notice EPA is taking final agency action on the following 2 TMDLs for waters located within the Barataria river basin:

SubsegmentWaterbody namePollutant
020401Bayou Lafourche—Donaldville to Intracoastal Waterway at LaroseFecal Coliform.
020701Bayou Segnette—origin to Bayou VillarsFecal Coliform.

EPA requested the public to provide EPA with any significant data or information that may impact the 2 TMDLs in 69 FR 5985-5986 (February 9, 2004). The comments received and EPA's response to comments may be found at​region6/​water/​tmdl.htm.

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Dated: July 27, 2004.

James R. Brown,

Acting Director, Water Quality Protection Division, Region 6.

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[FR Doc. 04-17892 Filed 8-4-04; 8:45 am]