STATE WATER CONTROL BOARD
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT PLANNING REGULATION AMENDMENT - TWENTY-FOUR TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOAD (TMDL) WASTE LOAD ALLOCATIONS
ISSUED: February 9, 2004
COMMENT PERIOD CLOSES: March 12, 2004 at 4:00 p.m.
Notice is hereby given that the State Water Control Board (Board) in accordance with the Public Participation Procedures for Water Quality Management Planning is seeking comment on amending the regulation entitled: 9 VAC 25-720 et. seq. Water Quality Management Regulation. Statutory authority for promulgating these amendments can be found in §62.1-44.15(3a) of the Code of Virginia.
The purpose of the amendment to the state’s Water Quality Management Regulation (9 VAC 25-720) is to adopt twenty-four Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) waste load allocations contained in the nine studies or reports. These TMDLs have been developed in accordance with Federal Regulations (40 CFR §130.7) and are exempt from the provisions of Article II of the Virginia Administrative Process Act. These TMDLs have been through the TMDL public participation process contained in DEQ’s Public Participation Procedures for Water Quality Management Planning. The public comment process provides the effected stakeholders an opportunity for public appeal of the TMDLs. The nine TMDL reports have been approved by EPA and DEQ staff intends to recommend that the board approve the nine TMDL reports as the plans for the pollutant reductions necessary for attainment of water quality goals in the impaired segments.
Specifically, the amendment will revise the state’s Water Quality Management Regulation for the following river basins: Shenandoah River Basin (9 VAC 25-720-50.A), James River Basin (9 VAC 25-720-60.A), and the Tennessee – Big Sandy River Basin (9 VAC 25-720-90.A) by adopting the following twenty four TMDL Waste Load Allocations contained in nine TMDL reports:
"Nitrate TMDL Development for Muddy Creek / Dry River, Virginia"
"Benthic TMDL Reports for Six Impaired Stream Segments in the Potomac-Shenandoah and James River Basins"
"TMDL Development for Blacks Run and Cooks Creek"
"TMDL Development for Muddy Creek and Holmans Creek"
"TMDL Development for Mill Creek and Pleasant Run"
"Total Maximum Daily Load Development for Linville Creek: Bacteria and Benthic Impairments"
"Benthic TMDL for Quail Run"
"Development of Shenandoah River PCB TMDL"
"Guest River Total Maximum Daily Load Report"
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: The Board is seeking comments on the intended amendment to the Water Quality Management Regulation. Anyone wishing to submit written comments may do so by mail or by e-mail to Charles Martin at the address given below. Written comments must include the name and address of the commenter and must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 12, 2004.
CONTACT: Additional information is available on the Department of Environmental Quality web site at http://www.deq.state.va.us/tmdl or contact Charles Martin, Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 10009, Richmond, VA 23240, or telephone (804) 698-4462, or e-mail at email@example.com.
A copy of the full text of the Water Quality Management Planning Public Participation procedures is available electronically at:
The electronic copy is in PDF format and may be read online or downloaded. Also, hard copies are available upon request.
|Name / Title:||Charles Martin|
Department of Environmental Quality P.O. Box 10009
|Telephone:||(804)698-4462 FAX: (804)698-4522|