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Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of 52 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 52 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 July 30, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

Comments on the 52 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/​6wq/​npdes/​tmdl/​index.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, 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 52 TMDLs

By this notice EPA is seeking comment on the following 52 TMDLs for waters located within the state of Arkansas:

Segment-reachWaterbody namePollutant
08040205-005Deep BayouFecal coliform and E. coli.
08040205-013Bayou BartholomewFecal coliform and E. coli.
08040205-901Bearhouse CreekFecal coliform and E. coli.
08040205-902Harding CreekFecal coliform and E. coli.
08040205-903Melton's CreekFecal coliform and E. coli.
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08040205-904Jacks BayouFecal coliform and E. coli.
08040205-905Cross BayouFecal coliform and E. coli.
08040205-907Chemin-A-Haut CreekFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010012-003Cooper CreekFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010012-008Strawberry RiverFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010012-010Little Strawberry RiverFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010012-011Strawberry RiverFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010012-014Reeds CreekFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010012-015Mill CreekFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010012-016Caney CreekFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010009-902Data CreekFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010014-004Overflow CreekFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010014-006Overflow CreekFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010014-007Little Red RiverFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010014-008Little Red RiverFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010014-009Ten Mile CreekFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010014-010Little Red RiverFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010014-012Little Red RiverFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010014-027Middle Fork Little Red RiverFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010014-028Middle Fork Little Red RiverFecal coliform and E. coli.
11010014-038South Fork Little Red RiverFecal coliform and E. coli.

EPA requests that the public provide to EPA any water quality related data and information that may be relevant to the calculations for these 52 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: June 20, 2007.

Miguel I. Flores,

Director, Water Quality Protection Division, EPA Region 6.

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[FR Doc. E7-12576 Filed 6-27-07; 8:45 am]

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