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EPA/SWER RIN: 2050-AG48 Publication ID: Fall 2008 
Title: ●Oil Pollution Prevention; Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Rule; Revisions to the Regulatory Definition of "Navigable Waters" 
Abstract: EPA is developing a final rule to amend a Clean Water Act (CWA) section 311 regulation that defines the term "navigable waters." On July 17, 2002, EPA promulgated a final rule that included revisions to the definition of "navigable waters" in the Spill Prevention, Countermeasure and Control (SPCC) regulation. On March 31, 2008, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (D.D.C.) in American Petroleum Institute v. Johnson, 571 F.Supp.2d 165 (D.D.C. 2008), invalidated the revisions to the definition of "navigable waters" and restored the regulatory definition of "navigable waters" promulgated by EPA in 1973. EPA plans to amend the definition of "navigable waters" in part 112 to comply with that decision. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 112   
Legal Authority: 33 USC 1321   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Action  To Be Determined    
Additional Information: SAN No. 2634.6; Split from RIN 2050-AG16. Split from RIN 2050-AC62.; EPA Docket information: EPA-HQ-OPA-2008-0569
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, 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:
Hugo Fleischman
Environmental Protection Agency
Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-1968
Fax:202 564-2625