Applying the Supreme Court's County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund Decision in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program, 6321 [2021-01254]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 12 / Thursday, January 21, 2021 / Notices ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OW–2020–0673; FRL–10019–78– OW] Applying the Supreme Court’s County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund Decision in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is issuing a memorandum to provide guidance to the regulated community and permitting authorities on applying the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, 140 S. Ct. 1462 (2020), in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for point source discharges that travel through groundwater before reaching a water of the United States. Consistent with EPA Guidance; Administrative Procedures for Issuance and Public Petitions, published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2020, EPA solicited public comments on the draft guidance for thirty days, beginning on December 10, 2020. EPA has developed a responsiveness summary to address major concerns and comments, and it is available in the docket for this action. This guidance does not have the force and effect of law and it does not bind the public in any way. By issuing this guidance, the Agency intends only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or Agency policies. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Wilson, Office of Wastewater Management, Water Permits Division (MC4203M), Environmental Protection Agency. 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564–6087; email address: wilson.js@epa.gov. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES A. How can I get copies of this document and other related information? You may access this document electronically at https://www.epa.gov/ npdes/releases-point-sourcegroundwater or at https:// www.federalregister.gov. EPA established an official public docket under Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OW– 2020–0673 which is accessible electronically at http:// VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:44 Jan 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Note: Comments submitted to the www.regulations.gov website are anonymous unless identifying information is included in the body of the comment. Dated: January 13, 2021. Anna Wildeman, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Water. • Email: Send comments by electronic mail (email) to: ORD.Docket@ epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA– HQ–ORD–2015–0765. BILLING CODE 6560–50–P SUMMARY: • www.regulations.gov: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. www.regulations.gov that will also contain copies of this Federal Register notice. The public docket does not include CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. The telephone number for the Water Docket is (202) 566–2426. [FR Doc. 2021–01254 Filed 1–19–21; 8:45 am] Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of availability of guidance. AGENCY: 6321 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–ORD–2015–0765; FRL–10018–08– ORD] Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee Meeting— January 2021 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a virtual meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee (EC) to review the draft reports of the Homeland Security (HS) and Safe and Sustainable Water Resources (SSWR) subcommittees. Due to unforeseen circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days’ notice. DATES: The initial meeting will be held over one day via videoconference on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT). Attendees must register by January 26, 2021. If an additional meeting is necessary to complete the draft reports a followup will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT). Attendees must register by February 10, 2021. Meeting times are subject to change. These series of meetings are open to the public. Comments must be received by January 26, 2021, to be considered by the Executive Committee. Requests for the draft agenda or making a presentation at the meeting will be accepted until January 26, 2021. ADDRESSES: Instructions on how to connect to the videoconference will be provided upon registration at https:// www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-boscexecutive-committee-meeting-tickets130024345317. 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Copyrighted materials in the docket are only available via hard copy. The telephone number for the ORD Docket Center is (202) 566–1752. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Officer (DFO), Tom Tracy, via phone/voicemail at: (202) 564–6518; or via email at: tracy.tom@ epa.gov. Any member of the public interested in receiving a draft agenda, attending the meeting, or making a presentation at the meeting should contact Tom Tracy no later than January 26, 2021. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) is a federal advisory committee that provides advice and recommendations to EPA’s Office of Research and Development on technical and management issues of its research programs. The meeting agenda and materials will be posted to https:// www.epa.gov/bosc. Proposed agenda items for the meeting include, but are not limited to, the following: review the HS and SSWR draft reports. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 12 (Thursday, January 21, 2021)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OW-2020-0673; FRL-10019-78-OW]


Applying the Supreme Court's County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife 
Fund Decision in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant 
Discharge Elimination System Permit Program

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of availability of guidance.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is 
issuing a memorandum to provide guidance to the regulated community and 
permitting authorities on applying the recent decision of the United 
States Supreme Court in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, 140 S. 
Ct. 1462 (2020), in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant 
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for point source 
discharges that travel through groundwater before reaching a water of 
the United States. Consistent with EPA Guidance; Administrative 
Procedures for Issuance and Public Petitions, published in the Federal 
Register on October 19, 2020, EPA solicited public comments on the 
draft guidance for thirty days, beginning on December 10, 2020. EPA has 
developed a responsiveness summary to address major concerns and 
comments, and it is available in the docket for this action. This 
guidance does not have the force and effect of law and it does not bind 
the public in any way. By issuing this guidance, the Agency intends 
only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements 
under the law or Agency policies.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Wilson, Office of Wastewater 
Management, Water Permits Division (MC4203M), Environmental Protection 
Agency. 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone 
number: (202) 564-6087; email address: [email protected].

A. How can I get copies of this document and other related information?

    You may access this document electronically at https://www.epa.gov/npdes/releases-point-source-groundwater or at https://www.federalregister.gov. EPA established an official public docket 
under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2020-0673 which is accessible 
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov that will also contain 
copies of this Federal Register notice. The public docket does not 
include CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by 
statute. The telephone number for the Water Docket is (202) 566-2426.

    Dated: January 13, 2021.
Anna Wildeman,
Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Water.
[FR Doc. 2021-01254 Filed 1-19-21; 8:45 am]
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