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

Many tribes hold 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 ensure that water quality standards do not impair tribal reserved rights by giving clear direction to states for developing water quality standards where tribes hold reserved rights. 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: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 131   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1371 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/00/2022 
Final Rule  02/00/2023 
Additional Information: .
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