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EPA/WATER RIN: 2040-AF21 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: Water Quality Standards for the State of Florida's Estuaries and Coastal Waters 
Abstract: Consistent with the terms of a 2009 303(c)(4)(B) determination and Consent Decree, on November 30, 2012, EPA signed proposed criteria for Florida's estuaries and coastal waters not otherwise covered by EPA-approved state numeric nutrient criteria, and inland flowing waters in the South Florida Nutrient Watershed Region (77 FR 74923). On November 30, 2012, June 27, 2013, and September 26, 2013, EPA approved numeric nutrient standards adopted by the state of Florida for certain waters in the state. Finally, a January 7, 2014 ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida granting EPA's motion to modify the consent decree allows EPA to withdraw the overlapping federally-promulgated criteria so Florida can implement their state-adopted, EPA-approved criteria to address nutrient pollution in Florida's waters. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 131 
Legal Authority: 33 USC 1251 et seq 
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
NPRM  Judicial  11/30/2012- NPRM -- Consent Decree (As per extension approved 7/16/2012 (Florida Wildlife Federation v. EPA #08-324 USDC Northern District of Florida). Original Deadline was 11/14/2011  11/30/2012 
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/18/2012  77 FR 74924 
Final Rule  To Be Determined   
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OW-2010-0222. http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/florida_coastal.cfm
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Erica Fleisig
Environmental Protection Agency
Water
4305T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1057
Email: Fleisig.Erica@epamail.epa.gov

Corey Buffo
Environmental Protection Agency
Water
4305T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1279
Email: Buffo.Corey@epamail.epa.gov

 
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