Draft Total Maximum Daily Load Program Priorities for 2024—2032; Available for Public Comment

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Draft Total Maximum Daily Load Program Priorities for 2024—2032; Available for Public Comment[54 Pa.B. 1634]
[Saturday, March 23, 2024]


Under section 303(d)(1)(A) of the Federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. § 1313(d)(1)(A)) requires states to create a priority ranking for waterways that require Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development. This priority ranking must include the cause of the impairment and take into account both the severity of the pollution and the uses to be made of the waterbodies. To meet this requirement, the Department of Environmental Protection’s (Department) TMDL program has developed a draft TMDL prioritization strategy for the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2022—2032 Vision for the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) Program (Program). This draft TMDL prioritization strategy will help guide the Department’s selection of specific waterbodies for plan development on a 2-year cycle in accordance with40 CFR 130.7(b)(4) (relating to total maximum daily loads (TMDL) and individual water quality-based effluent limitations). For more information on the Program visit www.epa.gov/tmdl/Vision

The Department’s draft TMDL Prioritization Strategy for the EPA’s 2022—2032 Vision is available for review on the Department’s eComment web site at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment

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Interested persons may submit comments through Monday, April 22, 2024. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the commentator’s name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department’s online eComment tool at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment. Written comments may also be sent by e-mail to ecomment@pa.gov or mailed to the Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Comments received on the draft TMDL Prioritization Strategy for the EPA’s 2022—2032 Vision during the public comment period will be reviewed and considered in the Department’s evaluation.

For further information contact Michael Morris, Water Quality Specialist in the Water Quality Division of the Department’s Bureau of Clean Water, at michamorri@ pa.gov or (717) 772-5670. Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 can contact the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.

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