[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 178 (Friday, September 12, 2008)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 52928]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-21233]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 130

[EPA-R07-OW-2008-0613; FRL-8713-5]


Public Notice on the Internet of Region 7 Disapprovals of Clean 
Water Act Impaired Waters Lists

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of change in procedures.

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SUMMARY: EPA Region 7 is announcing a change to its procedures for 
issuing a public notice seeking comment on the Region's disapproval of 
a submittal by a state of an impaired waters list under Clean Water Act 
Section 303(d). We intend to provide this public notice on the Internet 
at http://www.epa.gov/region7 rather than by publication in newspapers 
of general circulation throughout the state.

DATES: This change in procedures will be effective on September 12, 
2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeannette Schafer at (913) 551-7297 or 
by e-mail at schafer.jeannette@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces a change to the manner 
in which EPA Region 7 issues a public notice seeking comment under 40 
CFR 130.7(d)(2) on the Region's disapproval of a submittal by a state 
of a Clean Water Act (``CWA'') Section 303(d) List.
    Under Section 303(d)(1)(A) of the CWA, each state is required to 
identify and prioritize those waters within its boundaries for which 
technology-based effluent limitations and other required controls are 
not stringent enough to achieve the applicable water quality standards. 
See CWA 303(d)(1); 40 CFR 130.7(b)(1). After a state develops its CWA 
Section 303(d) List, the state must then submit the list to EPA for 
review and approval. See 40 CFR 130.7(d)(1). Within 30 days of a 
state's submission, EPA must approve or disapprove the state's list. If 
EPA disapproves the state's CWA Section 303(d) List, it must identify 
the impaired waters that should be listed within 30 days from the date 
of disapproval. EPA regulations provide that the Regional Administrator 
must promptly issue a public notice seeking comment on EPA's listing 
decision. After considering public comment and making appropriate 
revisions, the Region transmits the list to the state. See 40 CFR 
130.7(d)(2).
    The CWA and applicable regulations do not specify the type of 
public notice to be issued for EPA listing actions. In the past, EPA 
Region 7 has issued public notices through publication in newspapers of 
general circulation.
    In light of the continuing improvements in public access to the 
Internet and EPA' s ability to disseminate materials on the Internet, 
EPA Region 7 intends to notify the public of listing actions under 40 
CFR 130.7(d)(2) by placing notices on the Internet rather than using 
publication in newspapers of general circulation. The Internet provides 
a more effective and efficient means to provide notice. Using the 
Internet makes the notice available to the public during the entirety 
of the comment period, rather than only on the day the notice is 
published in the local newspaper. The Region believes the Internet 
notice is likely to reach a larger audience, since the Internet is 
generally available through schools, work, and libraries. Internet 
notice also enables the Region to reach beyond the finite distribution 
areas of local newspapers to make interested persons aware of the 
Region's listing decision. We plan to place the notices on the EPA 
Region 7 Web site at http://www.epa.gov/region7. The Region also plans 
to issue news releases notifying media outlets about our listing 
decisions, as well as notifications to elected officials and interested 
parties. The letter transmitting the final list to the state will be 
accessible from http://www.epa.gov/region7.
    To the extent that this announcement may be considered a rule, EPA 
considers it to be a procedural rule which is exempt from notice and 
comment rulemaking requirements under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(A).

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1313(d); 40 CFR 130.7.

    Dated: August 28, 2008.
William A. Spratlin,
Director, Water, Wetlands and Pesticides Division, Region 7.
[FR Doc. E8-21233 Filed 9-11-08; 8:45 am]
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