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Public Water System Supervision Program Revisions for the State of Minnesota

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Notice of tentative approval.


Notice is hereby given that the State of Minnesota is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. Minnesota has revised the following rules: Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts Rule (DBPR); Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (IESWTR); Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule; Small Public Water Systems Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Requirements, Suspension; Chemical and Microbiological Contaminants, Analytical Methods and Laboratory Certification Requirements Revisions; IESWTR, Stage 1 DBPR and State Primacy Requirements, Revisions; Pollutant Analysis, Test Procedures, Guidelines Establishment; IESWTR, Stage 1 DBPR and State Primacy Requirements, Revisions; and IESWTR, Stage 1 DBPR and State Primacy Requirements, Revisions, Correction; Radionuclides Rule; Arsenic and Clarifications to Compliance and New Source Contamination Monitoring Rule; Filter Backwash Recycling Rule; Analytical Method for Coliforms and E. coli Rule; Lead and Copper Minor Revisions Rule; Analytical Method for Uranium Rule; Public Notification Rule; Removal of the Chloroform Maximum Contaminant Level Goal Rule; Guidelines for Establishing Test Procedures for the analysis of Pollutants; and minor clarifications, revisions or corrections to previously adopted rules.

EPA has determined that these revisions by the State are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends to approve these revisions to the State of Minnesota's Public Water System Supervision Program. This approval action does not extend to public water systems in Indian Country, as the term is defined in 18 U.S.C. 1151. By approving these rules, EPA does not intend to affect the rights of federally recognized Indian Tribes in Minnesota, nor does it intend to limit existing rights of the State of Minnesota. Any interested party may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing must be submitted by November 24, 2008, to the Regional Administrator at the EPA Region 5 address shown below. The Regional Administrator may deny frivolous or insubstantial requests for a hearing. However, if a substantial request for a public hearing is made by November 24, 2008, EPA Region 5 will hold a public hearing. If EPA Region 5 does not receive a timely and appropriate request for a hearing and the Regional Administrator does not elect to hold a hearing on her own motion, this determination shall become final and effective on November 24, 2008. Any request for a public hearing shall include the following information: The name, address, and telephone number of the individual, organization, or other entity requesting a hearing; a brief statement of the requesting person's interest in the Regional Administrator's determination and a brief statement of the information that the requesting person intends to submit at such hearing; and the signature of the individual making the request, or, if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the signature of a responsible official of the organization or other entity.


All documents relating to this determination are available for inspection at the following offices: Minnesota Department of Health, 625 North Robert Street, P.O. Box 64975, St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0975, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Ground Water and Drinking Water Branch (WG-15J), 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Janet Kuefler, EPA Region 5, Ground Water and Drinking Water Branch, at the address given above, by telephone at (312) 886-0123, or at

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Authority: Section 1413 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 3006-2 (1996), and 40 CFR part 142 of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations.

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Dated: October 2, 2008.

Lynn Buhl,

Regional Administrator, Region 5.

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[FR Doc. E8-25409 Filed 10-23-08; 8:45 am]