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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AF62 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Federal Baseline Water Quality Standards for Indian Reservations 

EPA is developing a proposed rule to establish water quality standards (WQS) for waters on Indian reservations that do not have WQS under the Clean Water Act. Less than 20 percent of reservations have EPA-approved tribal WQS. Promulgating baseline WQS would address this longstanding gap and provide more scientific rigor and regulatory certainty to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits for discharges to these waters. The baseline WQS would fulfill requirements for WQS under EPA's regulations, including establishing designated uses, water quality criteria to protect those uses, and antidegradation policies to protect high quality waters. EPA initiated pre-proposal tribal consultation on June 15, 2021 and engaged in coordination and consultation with tribes throughout the consultation period, which ended September 13, 2021. EPA welcomes consultation with tribes both during and after the consultation period.

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. 1313(c)(4)(B)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/00/2022 
Final Rule  08/00/2023 
Additional Information: .
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
James Ray
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
Mail Code 4305T, 200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1433

Danielle Anderson
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
Mail Code 4305T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-1631