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EPA/OLEM RIN: 2050-AH17 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Clean Water Act Hazardous Substance Worst Case Discharge Planning Regulations 
Abstract: The Clean Water Act (CWA) states that regulations shall be issued "which require an owner or operator of a tank vessel or facility ... to prepare and submit ... a plan for responding, to the maximum extent practicable, to a worst case discharge, and to a substantial threat of such a discharge, of ... a hazardous substance." The Environmental Protection Agency is considering developing a regulatory action to require planning for worst case discharges of CWA hazardous substances under section 311(j)(5)(A). This regulatory action is being conducted under the terms of a consent decree entered into on March 12, 2020, which requires that a proposed action is signed within 24 months of the final agreement. The consent decree also requires that a final action follow within 30 months of the publication of the proposed rule. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: TBD     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1321   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Judicial  Requires EPA to sign a proposed rule within 24 months (by 3/12/2022) and sign a final rule within 30 months of publication of the proposed rule (estimating by 9/30/2024).  09/30/2024 
NPRM  Judicial  A March 12, 2020 consent decree requires EPA to sign a proposed rule within 24 months (by 3/12/2022) and sign a final rule within 30 months of publication of the proposed rule.  03/12/2022 
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/00/2022 
Final Rule  10/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Undetermined  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Veronica Southerland
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Land and Emergency Management
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5104A,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-2333
Email: southerland.veronica@epa.gov

Rebecca Broussard
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Land and Emergency Management
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-6706
Email: broussard.rebecca@epa.gov