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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AG09 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Criminal Negligence Standard for State Clean Water Act 402 and 404 Programs 
Abstract:

Section 402 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) allows states and tribes to be approved to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. State and tribes can also assume the CWA program for dredge and fill activities under section 404(g). EPA is considering regulations to clarify the criminal intent standard applicable to state and tribal CWA 402 and 404(g) programs when administering those programs.

 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 122   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq Clean Water Act   

Overall Description of Deadline: A specific deadline does not apply to this action. However, this action relates to the 9th Circuit court case Idaho Conservation League v. EPA No. 18-72684 (Ninth Circuit September 10th 2020) decision the results of which EPA was instructed to address "promptly."

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/14/2020  85 FR 80713   
NPRM Comment Period End  01/13/2021 
Final Rule  11/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Nizanna Bathersfield
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
4203M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-2258
Email: bathersfield.nizanna@epamail.epa.gov

Kevin Weiss
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
4203M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-0742
Fax:202 564-0717
Email: weiss.kevin@epa.gov