[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 232 (Tuesday, December 3, 2013)]
[Pages 72676-72677]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-28988]



[EPA-HQ-OW-2012-0803, FRL-9903- 83-OW]

Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 
General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Industrial Activities; 
Extension of Comment Period

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice; extension of public comment period.


SUMMARY: On September 27, 2013 the EPA Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 
and 10 published a request for comments on EPA's draft 2013 National 
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for 
stormwater discharges from industrial activity, also referred to as the 
Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP).
    As initially published in the Federal Register, written comments 
were to be submitted to the EPA on or before November 26, 2013 (a 60-
day public comment period). Since publication, the EPA has received a 
request for additional time to submit comments. Therefore, the EPA is 
extending the public comment period for 30 days until December 26, 

DATES: The public comment period for the review published September 27, 
2013 (79 FR 59672) is being extended for 30 days to December 26, 2013 
in order to provide the public additional time to submit comments and 
supporting information.

ADDRESSES: Comments: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. 
EPA-HQ-OW-2012-0803, by one of the following methods:
     http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: [email protected], Attention Docket ID No. EPA-
     Fax: (202) 566-9744
     Mail: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, 
Mailcode: 28221T, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2012-0803, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.
     Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 
1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. 
EPA-HQ-OW-2012-0803. Such deliveries are accepted only during the 
Docket Center's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements 
should be made for deliveries of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2012-
0803. The EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included 
in the public docket without change and could be made available online 
at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, 
unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential 
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to 
be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or email. The 
www.regulations.gov Web site is an ``anonymous access'' system, which 
means that the EPA will not know your identity or contact information 
unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email 
comment directly to the EPA without going through www.regulations.gov 
your email address will be automatically captured and included as part 
of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available 
on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, the EPA 
recommends that you include your name and other contact information in 
the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If the 
EPA cannot read your comment because of technical difficulties and 
cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA might not be able to 
consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special 
characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or 
viruses. For additional information about the EPA's public docket visit 
the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. For additional instructions on submitting comments, go to 
the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the 
www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some 
information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such 
as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. 
Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically 
in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Water Docket, EPA/DC, EPA 
West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004. The 
Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, excluding federal holidays. The telephone number for the Public 
Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Water 
Docket is (202) 566-2426.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information contact, 
Bryan Rittenhouse, Office of Wastewater Management (4203M), U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-0577; fax number: 
(202) 564-6384; email address: [email protected].


I. General Information

    The draft permit, once finalized, will replace the previous permit 
covering stormwater discharges from industrial facilities in EPA's 
Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, and 10 that expired September 29, 2013, and 
will provide coverage for industrial facilities in areas where EPA is 
the NPDES permitting authority in EPA's Regions 7 and 8. This draft 
permit is similar to the previous permit and will authorize the 
discharge of stormwater in accordance with the terms and conditions 
described therein. EPA proposes to issue this permit for five (5) 
years. EPA seeks comment on the draft permit and on the accompanying 
fact sheet.

II. Extension of Comment Period for the NPDES Draft Multi-Sector 
General Permit

    The EPA is extending the deadline for submitting comments on the 
draft NPDES stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) to December 
26, 2013. The original deadline for comments, based on a 60-day comment 
period, was November 26, 2013. The EPA's decision responds to a request 
to extend the comment deadline. The EPA believes that this 30-day 
extension will assist in providing an adequate amount of additional 
time for the public to review the action and to provide written 

    Dated: November 25, 2013.
H. Curtis Spalding,
Regional Administrator, EPA Region 1.

    Dated: November 20, 2013.
Jose C. Font,
Director, Caribbean Environmental Protection Division, EPA Region 2.

    Dated: November 20, 2013.
Jon M. Capacasa,
Director, Water Protection Division, EPA Region 3.

    Dated: November 19, 2013.
Tinka G. Hyde,
Director, Water Division, EPA Region 5.

    Dated: November 19, 2013.
William K. Honker,
Director, Water Quality Protection Division, EPA Region 6.

    Dated: November 20, 2013.
Karen Flournoy,
Director, Water, Wetlands, and Pesticides Division, EPA Region 7.

    Dated: November 19, 2013.
Howard M. Cantor,
Deputy Regional Administrator, EPA Region 8.

    Dated: November 19, 2013.
Jane Diamond,
Director, Water Division, EPA Region 9.

    Dated: November 19, 2013.
Daniel D. Opalski,
Director, Office of Water and Watersheds, EPA Region 10.
[FR Doc. 2013-28988 Filed 12-2-13; 8:45 am]