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Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of 13 Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice of availability.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces the availability for comment of the administrative record file for 13 TMDLs and the calculations for these TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in the state of Arkansas under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). These TMDLs were completed in response to the lawsuit styled Sierra Club, et al. v. Browner, et al., No. LR-C-99-114.

DATES:

Comments must be submitted in writing to EPA on or before February 9, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

Comments on the 13 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, facsimile (214) 665-6689, or e-mail: caldwell.ellen@epa.gov. For further information, contact Ellen Caldwell at (214) 665-7513. Documents from the administrative record file for these TMDLs are available for public inspection at this address as well. Documents from the administrative record file may be viewed at http://www.epa.gov/​region6/​water/​artmdl.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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ellen Caldwell at (214) 665-7513.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In 1999, five Arkansas environmental groups, the Sierra Club, Federation of Fly Fishers, Crooked Creek Coalition, Arkansas Fly Fishers, and Save our Streams (plaintiffs), filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the EPA, styled Sierra Club, et al. v. Browner, et al., No. LR-C-99-114. Among other claims, plaintiffs alleged that EPA failed to establish Arkansas TMDLs in a timely manner. EPA proposes these TMDLs pursuant to a consent decree entered in this lawsuit.

EPA Seeks Comments on 13 TMDLs

By this notice EPA is seeking comment on the following 13 TMDLs for waters located within the state of Arkansas:

Segment-ReachWaterbody namePollutant
08050001-022Big BayouSiltation/turbidity.
08050001-022Big BayouChloride.
08050001-018Boeuf RiverSiltation/turbidity.
08050001-018Boeuf RiverChloride.
08050001-018Boeuf RiverSulfates.
08050001-018Boeuf RiverTDS.
08050001-019Boeuf RiverSiltation/turbidity.
08050001-019Boeuf RiverChloride.
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08050002-010Oak Log BayouSiltation/turbidity.
08050002-010Oak Log BayouChloride.
08050002-010Oak Log BayouTDS.
08050002-003Bayou MaconSiltation/turbidity.
08050002-006Bayou MaconSiltation/turbidity.

EPA requests that the public provide to EPA any water quality related data and information that may be relevant to the calculations for these 13 TMDLs. EPA will review all data and information submitted during the public comment period and revise the TMDLs and determinations where appropriate. EPA will then forward the TMDLs to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). The ADEQ will incorporate the TMDLs into its current water quality management plan.

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Dated: January 3, 2005.

Miguel I. Flores,

Director, Water Quality Protection Division, EPA, Region 6.

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[FR Doc. 05-424 Filed 1-7-05; 8:45 am]

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