Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Notice Final Agency Action Withdrawing Nine Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), 39511-39512 [05-13491]

Download as PDF 39511 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 130 / Friday, July 8, 2005 / Notices Court against the EPA, styled Sierra Club, et al. v. Clifford et al., No. 96– 0527, (E.D. La.). Among other claims, plaintiffs alleged that EPA failed to establish Louisiana TMDLs in a timely manner. EPA Takes Final Agency Action on Four TMDLs TMDLs for waters located within the Barataria river basin: By this notice EPA is taking final agency action on the following four Subsegment Waterbody name 020201 ................................. Bayou Des Allemands—Lac Des Allemands to Hwy. U.S. 90 (scenic). Bayou Des Allemands—Lac Des Allemands to Hwy. U.S. 90 (scenic). Lake Cataouatche and Tributaries .................................. Lake Cataouatche and Tributaries .................................. 020201 ................................. 020303 ................................. 020303 ................................. EPA requested the public to provide EPA with any significant data or information that might impact the four TMDLs in the Federal Register Notice: 69 FR 69924 (December 1, 2004). The comments received and the EPA’s response to comments may be found at http://www.epa.gov/region6/water/ tmdl.htm. Dated: June 28, 2005. William K. Honker, Acting Director, Water Quality Protection Division, Region 6. [FR Doc. 05–13489 Filed 7–7–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ................................. ................................. ................................. ................................. ................................. ................................. Dissolved Oxygen. Nutrients. [FRL–7935–6] Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action on Six Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces final agency action on six TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in the Atchafalaya River, Barataria River, Lake Pontchartrain, Mississippi River, Sabine River, and Terrebonne Basins of Louisiana, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Documents from the administrative record file for the six TMDLs, including TMDL calculations and responses to comments, may be viewed at http:// www.epa.gov/region6/water/tmdl.htm. The administrative record file may be examined by calling or writing Ms. Diane Smith at the following address. Please contact Ms. Smith to schedule an inspection. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diane Smith, Environmental Protection Specialist, Water Quality Protection Division, U.S. EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202–2733, (214) 665–2145. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 1996, two Louisiana environmental groups, the Sierra Club and Louisiana Environmental Action Network (plaintiffs), filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against EPA, styled Sierra Club, et al. v. Clifford et al., No. 96–0527, (E.D. La.). Among other claims, plaintiffs alleged that EPA failed to establish Louisiana TMDLs in a timely manner. EPA Takes Final Agency Action on Six TMDLs By this notice EPA is taking final agency action on the following six TMDLs for waters located within Louisiana basins: Pollutant Atchafalaya Bay and Delta and Gulf Waters to the State 3-mile Limit ....................... Barataria Basin Coastal Bays and Gulf Waters to the State 3-mile Limit ................... Lake Pontchartrain Basin Coastal Bays and Gulf Waters to the State 3-mile Limit ... Mississippi River Basin Coastal Bays and Gulf Waters to the State 3-mile Limit ...... Sabine River Basin Coastal Bays and Gulf Waters to the State 3-mile Limit ............ Terrebonne Basin Coastal Bays and Gulf Waters to the State 3-mile Limit ............... Dated: June 28, 2005. William K. Honker, Acting Director, Water Quality Protection Division, Region 6. [FR Doc. 05–13490 Filed 7–7–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P 16:32 Jul 07, 2005 Nutrients. Waterbody name EPA requested the public to provide EPA with any significant data or information that might impact the six TMDLs in the Federal Register Notice 70 FR 19760 (April 14, 2005). The comments received and EPA’s response to comments may be found at http:// www.epa.gov/region6/water/tmdl.htm. VerDate jul<14>2003 Dissolved Oxygen. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY Subsegment 010901 021102 042209 070601 110701 120806 Pollutant Jkt 205001 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–7935–8] Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Notice Final Agency Action Withdrawing Nine Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of Withdrawal of nine TMDLs. AGENCY: Subject: This notice announces EPA final action withdrawing nine TMDLs in PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Mercury. Mercury. Mercury. Mercury. Mercury. Mercury. the water column that EPA established pursuant to the Clean Water Act (‘‘CWA’’) section 303(d) in Louisiana. EPA is withdrawing these nine TMDLs because on September 22, 2003, Louisiana promulgated revisions to the Louisiana water quality standards regulations (LAC 33:IX, 1123.C.1). Background: Louisiana revised its water quality standards for chloride, sulfate and TDS for subsegments 060204, 060211, and 060301; and for sulfate and TDS for subsegments 060801 and 060802 located in the Vermillion- E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 39512 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 130 / Friday, July 8, 2005 / Notices Teche River Basin that receive water diverted from the Atchafalaya River. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) General Counsel certified these water quality standards revisions and submitted them to EPA on September 22, 2003. EPA received the revisions and certification on September 23, 2003, pursuant to 40 CFR 131.5, and EPA approved these revisions to the water quality standards (WQS) on December 22, 2003. The numeric criteria for chloride for subsegments 060204, 060211, and 060301 was revised from 40 mg/L to 65 mg/L; the numeric criteria for sulfate for subsegments 060204, 060211, 060301, 060801 and 060802 was revised from 30 mg/L to 70 mg/L; and, the numeric criteria for TDS for subsegments 060204, 060211, 060301, 060801 and 060802 was revised from 220 mg/L to 440 mg/L. Following the revisions to the water quality standards LDEQ reassessed the ambient water quality data from the affected water bodies to determine whether the water quality Subsegment Bayou Courtableau—origin to West Atchafalaya Borrow Pit Canal. West Atchafalaya Borrow Pit Canal—from Bayou Courtableau to Henderson, LA, includes Bayou Portage. Bayou Teche—headwaters at Bayou Courtableau to Keystone Locks and Dam. Vermilion River—headwaters at Bayou FusilierBourbeaux junction to New Flanders (Ambassador Caffery) Bridge, Hwy. 3073. Vermilion River—from New Flanders (Ambassador Caffery) Bridge, Hwy. 3073 to Intracoastal Waterway. EPA Withdraws Previously Approved TMDLs for Nine Waterbody/Pollutant Combinations That Are Not Needed Due to Assessment of New Data That Show They Are Meeting New WQS: Waterbody name 060204 ................................. standards were met, using data from January 1, 1998 through August 20, 2004. Based on the re-assessment, the revised water quality standards for sulfate, chloride, and TDS for subsegments 060204, 060211, 060301, 060801, and 060802 are met. Thus, EPA is withdrawing these nine TMDLs. 060211 ................................. 060301 ................................. 060801 ................................. 060802 ................................. EPA established these nine TMDLs under CWA section 303(d) to satisfy a consent decree obligation in the lawsuit styled Sierra Club v. Clifford, Civ. No. 96–0527 (E.D. La.). Because the affected water bodies are meeting the revised water quality standards, they are no longer impaired under CWA section 303(d). LDEQ has no present obligation under the CWA to submit TMDLs to EPA for these pollutants on these subsegments, nor does the CWA require EPA to maintain these nine TMDLs. Other TMDLs either developed by EPA or LDEQ are not affected by this determination. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diane Smith, Environmental Protection Specialist, Water Quality Protection Division, U.S. EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202–2733, (214) 665–2145. Dated: June 28, 2005. William K. Honker, Acting Director, Water Quality Protection Division, Region 6. [FR Doc. 05–13491 Filed 7–7–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION Notice of Agreements Filed The Commission hereby gives notice of the filing of the following agreements under the Shipping Act of 1984. Interested parties may obtain copies of VerDate jul<14>2003 16:32 Jul 07, 2005 Jkt 205001 Pollutant Sulfate and TDS/Salinity. Sulfate and TDS/Salinity. Sulfate, TDS/Salinity, and, Chloride. Sulfate. Sulfate. agreements by contacting the Commission’s Office of Agreements at 202–523–5793 or via e-mail at tradeanalysis@fmc.gov. Interested parties may submit comments on an agreement to the Secretary, Federal Maritime Commission, Washington, DC 20573, within 10 days of the date this notice appears in the Federal Register. Agreement No.: 010071–031. Title: Cruise Lines International Association Agreement. 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Synopsis: The amendment would revise the amount of annual travel agency fees for affiliate travel agencies and specify that affiliate travel agencies may not offer agency affiliation to a potential travel agency affiliate or employee exclusively to obtain personal discounts and benefits or make inaccurate or false claims about the PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 benefits of using CLIA’s trademarks, name, logo, or identification card. Agreement No.: 011917. Title: PONL/MOL Space Charter Agreement. Parties: P&O Nedlloyd Limited, P&O Nedlloyd B.V., and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. Filing Party: Paul D. Coleman, Esq.; Hoppel, Mayer & Coleman; 1000 Connecticut Avenue, NW.; Washington, DC 20036. Synopsis: Under the agreement, Mitsui will charter space from P&O Nedlloyd in the trade between U.S. East Coast ports and ports on the East Coast of South America, including ports in Venezuela and Colombia. Agreement No.: 201113–005. Title: Oakland/SSA LLC Preferential Assignment Agreement. 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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 130 (Friday, July 8, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39511-39512]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-13491]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-7935-8]


Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Notice Final Agency Action 
Withdrawing Nine Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of Withdrawal of nine TMDLs.

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    Subject: This notice announces EPA final action withdrawing nine 
TMDLs in the water column that EPA established pursuant to the Clean 
Water Act (``CWA'') section 303(d) in Louisiana. EPA is withdrawing 
these nine TMDLs because on September 22, 2003, Louisiana promulgated 
revisions to the Louisiana water quality standards regulations (LAC 
33:IX, 1123.C.1).
    Background: Louisiana revised its water quality standards for 
chloride, sulfate and TDS for subsegments 060204, 060211, and 060301; 
and for sulfate and TDS for subsegments 060801 and 060802 located in 
the Vermillion-

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Teche River Basin that receive water diverted from the Atchafalaya 
River.
    The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) General 
Counsel certified these water quality standards revisions and submitted 
them to EPA on September 22, 2003. EPA received the revisions and 
certification on September 23, 2003, pursuant to 40 CFR 131.5, and EPA 
approved these revisions to the water quality standards (WQS) on 
December 22, 2003.
    The numeric criteria for chloride for subsegments 060204, 060211, 
and 060301 was revised from 40 mg/L to 65 mg/L; the numeric criteria 
for sulfate for subsegments 060204, 060211, 060301, 060801 and 060802 
was revised from 30 mg/L to 70 mg/L; and, the numeric criteria for TDS 
for subsegments 060204, 060211, 060301, 060801 and 060802 was revised 
from 220 mg/L to 440 mg/L. Following the revisions to the water quality 
standards LDEQ re-assessed the ambient water quality data from the 
affected water bodies to determine whether the water quality standards 
were met, using data from January 1, 1998 through August 20, 2004. 
Based on the re-assessment, the revised water quality standards for 
sulfate, chloride, and TDS for subsegments 060204, 060211, 060301, 
060801, and 060802 are met. Thus, EPA is withdrawing these nine TMDLs.

EPA Withdraws Previously Approved TMDLs for Nine Waterbody/Pollutant 
Combinations That Are Not Needed Due to Assessment of New Data That 
Show They Are Meeting New WQS:

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         Subsegment              Waterbody name           Pollutant
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060204......................  Bayou Courtableau--   Sulfate and TDS/
                               origin to West        Salinity.
                               Atchafalaya Borrow
                               Pit Canal.
060211......................  West Atchafalaya      Sulfate and TDS/
                               Borrow Pit Canal--    Salinity.
                               from Bayou
                               Courtableau to
                               Henderson, LA,
                               includes Bayou
                               Portage.
060301......................  Bayou Teche--         Sulfate, TDS/
                               headwaters at Bayou   Salinity, and,
                               Courtableau to        Chloride.
                               Keystone Locks and
                               Dam.
060801......................  Vermilion River--     Sulfate.
                               headwaters at Bayou
                               Fusilier-Bourbeaux
                               junction to New
                               Flanders
                               (Ambassador
                               Caffery) Bridge,
                               Hwy. 3073.
060802......................  Vermilion River--     Sulfate.
                               from New Flanders
                               (Ambassador
                               Caffery) Bridge,
                               Hwy. 3073 to
                               Intracoastal
                               Waterway.
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    EPA established these nine TMDLs under CWA section 303(d) to 
satisfy a consent decree obligation in the lawsuit styled Sierra Club 
v. Clifford, Civ. No. 96-0527 (E.D. La.). Because the affected water 
bodies are meeting the revised water quality standards, they are no 
longer impaired under CWA section 303(d). LDEQ has no present 
obligation under the CWA to submit TMDLs to EPA for these pollutants on 
these subsegments, nor does the CWA require EPA to maintain these nine 
TMDLs. Other TMDLs either developed by EPA or LDEQ are not affected by 
this determination.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diane Smith, Environmental Protection 
Specialist, Water Quality Protection Division, U.S. EPA Region 6, 1445 
Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202-2733, (214) 665-2145.

    Dated: June 28, 2005.
William K. Honker,
Acting Director, Water Quality Protection Division, Region 6.
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