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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AG17 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: ●Water Quality Standards Regulatory Revisions to Protect Tribal Reserved Rights 

Tribes hold many reserved rights to resources on lands and waters under state and federal jurisdiction, through treaties and equivalent agreements with the U.S. government. The U.S. Constitution defines treaties as the supreme law of the land. OW is pursuing a change to its water quality standards regulations to codify the path to compliance with existing legal obligations to ensure that water quality standards do not impair tribal reserved rights and give clear and sustainable direction as to the scope of states’ obligations. This will help EPA ensure protection of resources reserved to tribes in treaties and equivalent agreements when establishing, revising, and reviewing water quality standards.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/00/2022 
Final Action  02/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jennifer Brundage
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
4305T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1265