[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
NFC: Fw: [Updates] TELL EPA THAT IT MUST INCLUDE FLOWS IN THE NEW WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS!
TELL EPA THAT IT MUST INCLUDE FLOWS IN THE NEW WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS!
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
The public comment period on EPA’s proposed water quality restoration
(TMDLs) closes on THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2000. MAKE YOURSELF HEARD!
Overall, EPA’s draft TMDL regulations are good in their coverage of
non-point source pollutants and their requirement that states list all
sources and causes of impairment to water quality, including all
not just POLLUTANTS. This is important because the definition of
includes FLOW – the amount of water left in the river – whereas
BUT the proposed regulations only require water quality restoration plans
(TMDLs) for water bodies impaired by POLLUTANTS, not POLLUTION. This goes
against the intent of the Clean Water Act.
PLEASE TELL EPA THAT ALL POLLUTION MUST BE ADDRESSED BY TMDLS IF THEY ARE
GENERATE SOUND WATER MANAGEMENT POLICY.
· Listing all sources of pollution and causes of impairment of water
is a step in the right direction, but the TMDL program must REMEDY all
pollution as well.
· The Clean Water Act requires that all sources of pollution, including
flows, be addressed by TMDLs.
· If TMDLs do not address the physical and biological integrity of the
waters, it will become a piecemeal and illogical approach to water
restoration and could result in worse water quality and further
flows over time.
· The very carefully balanced political body, the Federal Advisory
on TMDLs, set up by EPA to advise it on just such problems, recommended
EPA that flow and other pollution impairment be listed AND addressed by
TMDLs. What more does EPA need??
· Ever-shrinking flows are causing point source and other discharges to
change treatment methods at great expense. This is unfair to industry,
governments, and others who are trying to comply with the law.
To see a sample letter, see http://www.amrivers.org/tmdlletter.html. Use
this letter or write your own letter and send it to:
Comment Clerk for the TMDL Program Rule
Water Docket (W-98-31)
Environmental Protection Agency
401 M Street, SW
Washington, DC 20460
To see a fact sheet on TMDLs, visit
To read American Rivers’ comments to EPA on the proposed TMDLs, visit
For more information on TMDLs, visit the Clean Water Network at
or the EPA’s website on TMDLs at http://www.epa.gov/owow/tmdl/index.html.
1025 Vermont Ave, NW, #720
Washington, DC 20005
smcdowell at amrivers_org