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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AF62 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: Federal Baseline Water Quality Standards for Indian Reservations 

In September of 2016, EPA published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) requesting public comment on whether to establish federal baseline water quality standards for waters on Indian reservations that do not yet have standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and, if so, what those standards should be and how they should be implemented. During a 90-day public comment period, EPA received comments from tribal governments and associations; state officials, agencies, and associations; private citizens; and private entities. In a follow-up rulemaking, EPA will consider the comments received during the ANPRM public notice period in its decision making. EPA's goal in initiating this effort was to address the existing gaps in CWA protection of reservation waters. These standards would establish baseline human health and environmental objectives as the basis for the CWA protection.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 131   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1313(c)(4)(B)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  09/29/2016  81 FR 66900   
ANPRM Comment Period End  12/28/2016 
NPRM  To Be Determined 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OW-2016-0405
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: :  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Danielle Anderson
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
Mail Code 4305T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-1631