Water TMDL rule put on hold

EPA published a notice in the Federal Register on August 9, 2001 proposing to delay the effective date of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) rules by 18 months. These rules were originally published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2000. The Agency announced that it is proposing to reconsider some of the choices made in the July 2000 rule and will suggest necessary changes in the spring of 2002.


According to ANLA and other Clean Water Working Group coalition partners, this is good news because they were concerned that the rule as published would hold farms and nurseries to specific numeric targets and permits for nonpoint source pollution. The August 9th notice in the Federal Register also proposed to revise the date on which States are required to submit the next list of impaired waters. EPA is proposing to revise the date from April 1, 2002 to October 1, 2002.


For more details, go to www.epa.gov/owow/tmdl/index.html.

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