Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to
the Water Quality Planning and Management regulation to remove the requirement
that states, territories and authorized tribes submit to EPA for review by April
1, 2000, lists of impaired and threatened bodies of water. EPA's current
regulations interpret the provision in section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act for
submission of lists to EPA ``from time to time'' to require states, territories
and authorized tribes to submit lists on April 1 of every even-numbered year.
EPA is proposing to remove the requirement that such lists be submitted in 2000.
In this document, EPA is not proposing to change the existing regulatory
requirement if a court order, consent decree or settlement agreement dated prior
to January 1, 2000, expressly requires EPA to take action related to a state's
year 2000 list. Also, EPA is not in this notice proposing to change the existing
regulatory requirement that subsequent lists be submitted on April 1, 2002, and
on April 1 of subsequent even numbered years.
on this proposal must be submitted on or before March
2000 and should be sent to the Comment Clerk for the Year 2000 List Rule, Water
Docket (W-99-25), Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M Street, SW; Washington,
DC 20460; or call Annette Widener at 202-401-4078; www.epa.gov/OWOW/tmdl/index.html.
The Environmental Protection Agency)