Guidance for 2006 Assessment, Listing and Reporting Requirements Pursuant to Sections 303(d), 305(b) and 314 of the Clean Water Act
This notice announces the availability of Guidance for 2006 Assessment, Listing, and Reporting Requirements Pursuant to Sections 303(d), 305(b) and 314 of the Clean Water Act. This biennial guidance is for states, territories, authorized tribes, and interstate commissions (hereinafter referred to as ``jurisdictions'') that help states prepare and submit section 305(b) reports to EPA. Sections 303(d), 305(b), and 314 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) require states, territories, and authorized tribes (not interstate commissions) to provide biennial reports to EPA on the condition of waters within their boundaries. This guidance outlines the development of Integrated Reports (IR) that support EPA's strategy for achieving a broad-scale, national inventory of water quality conditions. The objective of this guidance is to provide jurisdictions a recommended reporting format and suggested content to be used in developing a single document that integrates the reporting requirements of sections 303(d), 305(b), and 314. Use of the IR format will allow jurisdictions to report the water quality standards attainment status of all waters, document the availability of data and information for each segment, identify certain trends in the water quality conditions, and provide information to managers in setting priorities for future actions to protect and restore the health of our nation's aquatic resources.
Toxic Chemical Release Reporting; Alternate Threshold for Low Annual Reportable Amounts; Request for Comment on ICR Renewal; (Form A) EPA ICR Number 1704.08, OMB Control Number 2070-0143
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a continuing Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to the procedures described in 5 CFR 1320.12: Alternate Threshold for Low Annual Reportable Amounts, Toxic Chemical Release Reporting (EPA ICR No. 1704.08, OMB No. 2070- 0143). ICR Number 1704.08, OMB Control Number 2070-0143 involves the reporting and record keeping requirements associated with reporting under the alternate threshold for reporting to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), which appear in 40 CFR part 372. This ICR involves a collection activity that is currently approved and scheduled to expire on January 31, 2006.
Notice of a Scientific Peer Review Meeting to Review the Document: The Inventory of Sources and Environmental Releases of Dioxin-Like Compounds in the U.S.: the Year 2000 Update, March, 2005 (EPA/600/P/03/002a)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that ERG, an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will convene a panel of experts and organize and conduct an independent external peer-review workshop to review the draft report, ``The Inventory of Sources and Environmental Releases of Dioxin-Like Compounds in the U.S.: the Year 2000 Update,'' March, 2005 (EPA/600/P/ 03/002a) (Draft Dioxin Inventory Update). The public is invited to register to attend this meeting as an observer. In addition, the public is invited to give oral and/or provide written comments at the meeting regarding the draft document under review.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement, to address a lawsuit filed by Sierra Club: Sierra Club v. Johnson, No. 05CV00750 (ESH) (D.D.C.). On or about April 13, 2005, Sierra Club filed a complaint alleging that EPA had a mandatory duty to provide a valid response within 60 days to Sierra Club's Title V petition and to respond to the remand of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in the case of Sierra Club v. Leavitt, 368 F.3d 1300 (11th Cir. 2004). Sierra Club had filed a petition seeking EPA's objection to the Clean Air Act Title V operating permit for the Oglethorpe Power Corporation's Wansley Combined Cycle Energy Facility issued by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. EPA denied the petition in an Order dated November 15, 2002. Sierra Club appealed to the Eleventh Circuit, which vacated EPA's Order and remanded to the agency for further consideration. Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, EPA has agreed to respond to the remand by September 15, 2005, and Sierra Club has agreed to dismiss its suit with prejudice. In addition, under the proposed settlement, EPA would make a payment to Sierra Club in settlement of its claims for attorneys' fees in this matter.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
EPA has environmental concerns about the proposed project related to hazardous materials, specifically possible lead contamination of Klingle Creek, as well as noise impacts and the sufficient delineation of flood hazards. Rating EC2.