Treatment of Indian Tribes in a Similar Manner as States for Purposes of Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (Final)
Sep. 26, 2016
In section 518(e) of the CWA, Congress authorized the EPA to treat eligible federally recognized Indian tribes in a similar manner as a state for purposes of administering section 303 and certain other provisions of the CWA, and directed the agency to promulgate regulations effectuating this authorization. EPA is establishing regulatory procedures for eligible tribes to obtain TAS for the CWA Section 303(d) Impaired Water Listing and TMDL Program, this final rule enables eligible tribes to obtain authority to identify impaired waters on their reservations and to establish TMDLs, which serve as plans for attaining and maintaining applicable water quality standards (WQS). This final rule is effective 26 October 2016. POC is Ruth Chemerys, Assessment and Watershed Protection Division, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds (4503T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-1216; fax: 202-566-1331; email: TASTMDL@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 September 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 65901-65917).