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Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of 43 Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice of availability.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces the availability of the administrative record file for comment on 43 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 December 12, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

Comments on the 43 TMDLs should be sent to Ms. Diane Smith, Environmental Protection Specialist, Water Quality Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6, 1445 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75202-2733, facsimile (214) 665-7373, or e-mail: smith.diane@epa.gov. For further information, contact Diane Smith at (214) 665-2145. 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 (214) 665-2145 or writing Ms. Smith at the above address. Please contact Ms. Smith to schedule an inspection.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Diane Smith at (214) 665-2145.

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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, Start Printed Page 68449plaintiffs 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 43 TMDLs

By this notice EPA is seeking comment on the following 43 TMDLs for waters located within the state of Arkansas:

Segment-reachWaterbody namePollutant
08020401-003Wabbaseka BayouSiltation/turbidity.
11110205-011Cadron CreekSiltation/turbidity.
11110205-012Cadron CreekSiltation/turbidity.
11110203-927White Oak CreekSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-004Bayou DeviewSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-005Bayou DeviewSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-006Bayou DeviewSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-007Bayou DeviewSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-009Bayou DeviewSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-016Cache RiverSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-017Cache RiverSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-018Cache RiverSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-019Cache RiverSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-020Cache RiverSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-021Cache RiverSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-027Cache RiverSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-028Cache RiverSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-029Cache RiverSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-031Cache RiverSiltation/turbidity.
08020302-032Cache RiverSiltation/turbidity.
11010013-006Village CreekSiltation/turbidity.
11010013-007Village CreekSiltation/turbidity.
11010013-008Village CreekSiltation/turbidity.
11010013-012Village CreekSiltation/turbidity.
11010013-014Village CreekSiltation/turbidity.
11010014-009Ten Mile CreekSiltation/turbidity.
11010012-004Strawberry RiverSiltation/turbidity.
11010012-005Strawberry RiverSiltation/turbidity.
11010012-006Strawberry RiverSiltation/turbidity.
11010 12-008Strawberry RiverSiltation/turbidity.
11010012-009Strawberry RiverSiltation/turbidity.
11010012-010Little Strawberry RiverSiltation/turbidity.
11010012-011Strawberry RiverSiltation/turbidity.
11010001-023West Fork White RiverSiltation/turbidity.
11010001-024White RiverSiltation/turbidity.
08020203-012Tyronza RiverSiltation/turbidity.
11110105-001Poteau River near Fort SmithSiltation/turbidity.
11110105-031LPoteau River near WaldronTotal phosphorus, Copper, and Zinc.
11140109-919Rolling ForkTotal phosphorus, and Nitrate.
11010001-045LOsage Creek near BerryvilleTotal phosphorus.

EPA requests that the public provide to EPA any water quality related data and information that may be relevant to the calculations for these 43 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: November 4, 2005.

Miguel I. Flores,

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

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[FR Doc. 05-22547 Filed 11-9-05; 8:45 am]

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