[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 25 (Tuesday, February 9, 2021)]
[Page 8779]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-02630]



[FRL-10018-64-Region 10]

Proposed Reissuance of NPDES General Permit for Tribal 
Enhancement and Federal Research Marine Net Pen Facilities Within Puget 
Sound (WAG132000)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of proposed reissuance of NPDES General Permit and 
request for public comment.


SUMMARY: The Director of the Water Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA) Region 10, proposes to reissue the National Pollutant 
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Tribal 
Enhancement and Federal Research Marine Net Pen Facilities Within Puget 
Sound (draft general permit). As proposed, eligible facilities include 
tribal enhancement net pens, which are permitted to raise up to 200,000 
pounds of native salmonids over a four month growing period each year, 
and federal research net pen facilities, which are permitted to raise 
up to 100,000 pounds annually of native finfish. Currently, there are 
five tribal enhancement facilities and one federal research facility 
eligible for coverage under the general permit. Existing enhancement 
and research facilities may request authorization to discharge under 
the general permit by submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI) no more than 
ninety (90) days following the effective date of the permit. New 
enhancement or research facilities that begin operations after the 
effective date of the general permit must submit a NOI at least 180 
days prior to initiation of operations. Upon receipt, EPA will review 
the NOI to ensure that all permit requirements are met. If determined 
appropriate by EPA, a discharger will be granted coverage under the 
general permit upon the date that EPA provides written notification. 
EPA is accepting public comments on the draft general permit.

DATES: Comments must be received by March 26, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Comments on the draft General Permit should be uploaded 
electronically to https://www.regulations.gov, identified by Docket No. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Permit documents may be found on the 
EPA Region 10 website at: https://www.epa.gov/npdes-permits/draft-npdes-general-permit-tribal-enhancement-and-federal-research-marine-net-pen.
    Copies of the draft general permit and fact sheet are also 
available upon request. Requests may be made to Audrey Washington at 
(206) 553-0523. Requests may also be electronically mailed to: 
[email protected], or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Please see the draft general permit and Fact 

Other Legal Requirements

    This action is not a significant regulatory action and was 
therefore not submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for review.
    Compliance with Endangered Species Act, Essential Fish Habitat, 
Paperwork Reduction Act, and other requirements are discussed in the 
Fact Sheet to the proposed permit.

Daniel D. Opalski,
Director, Water Division, Region 10.
[FR Doc. 2021-02630 Filed 2-8-21; 8:45 am]