EPA Proposes Water Quality Standards for a Segment of Five Mile Creek in Alabama.Business Editors/Environment Writers
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 23, 2002
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), independent agency of the U.S. government, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1970 to reduce and control air and water pollution, noise pollution, and radiation and to ensure the safe handling and announced today that it has proposed water quality standards that establish a designated use of Fish & Wildlife for the segment of Five Mile Creek from Newfound new·found
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n. is proposing this new designated use to ensure protection for aquatic life and recreation in and on the water. This upgrade will require Alabama to protect this segment for fish and wildlife. Facilities discharging into Five Mile Creek may need to upgrade their pollution control measures to achieve the Fish & Wildlife designated use, but they have discretion in the measures they use.
Upgrading the designated use of this segment of Five Mile Creek produces important environmental and public health benefits that protects so that fish and wildlife can thrive. Also, the Fish & Wildlife designation will make possible safe outdoor swimming and other whole body water-contact sports during the summer.
This action was taken, due to a consent decree A settlement of a lawsuit or criminal case in which a person or company agrees to take specific actions without admitting fault or guilt for the situation that led to the lawsuit.
A consent decree is a settlement that is contained in a court order. EPA signed with the Alabama Rivers Alabama River
River, southern Alabama, U.S. Formed by the Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers northeast of Montgomery, it winds westward to Selma and then flows southward. The river's navigable length is 305 mi (491 km). Alliance and Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation requiring EPA to propose a federal use designation for this stream segment (among others) or withdraw its disapproval by October 15, 2002. This action, along with EPA's approval of the state's revisions to the remaining streams' designated uses, fulfills that commitment. If Alabama revises its water quality standards and upgrades the use designation of this stream segment from Agricultural & Industrial Water Supply to Fish & Wildlife, the Agency will not publish a final federal use designation. If Alabama makes the necessary changes after EPA promulgates this rule, EPA will withdraw the federal use designation.
EPA's water quality standards regulations require states to designate uses for all water bodies within their jurisdiction. Designated uses determine what water quality criteria apply to specific water bodies. EPA's regulations interpret the Clean Water Act's goal of "... water quality which provides for the protection and propagation of fish, shellfish shellfish, popular name for certain edible mollusks (see Mollusca), e.g., oysters, clams, and scallops, and for certain edible crustaceans, e.g., crabs, lobsters, and shrimps. All are aquatic invertebrates with shells; they are not fish. , and wildlife and recreation in and on the water ..." by requiring that water quality standards provide for "fishable/swimmable" uses unless they have been shown to be unattainable. When the Agency disapproves a state or tribal water quality standard, and the state or tribe does not make appropriate changes, EPA's Administrator must propose and promulgate To officially announce, to publish, to make known to the public; to formally announce a statute or a decision by a court. revised standards.
The public is invited to comment on the proposed water quality standards when it is published in the Federal Register Wednesday, October 23, 2002. The comment period will extend for 60 days from the date of publication. The comments will be reviewed by EPA's Region 4 (Atlanta) and a final Federal Register notice addressing all comments and announcing a final decision will then be issued.
The material can be viewed in the official public docket from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at EPA Region 4, Water Management Division, Sam Nunn Samuel Augustus Nunn, Jr. (born September 8, 1938) is an American businessman and politician. Currently the co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NTI (Nuclear Threat Initiative), a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, SW Atlanta, 30303-3104. Ask for Proposed Water Quality Standards for Alabama OW-2002-0023.
The document also can be found on the EPA web site at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/ or use EPA's E-DOCKETS at http://www.epa.gov/edocket/ to submit or view public comments. Refer to the Federal Register notice for instructions on submitting comments.
EPA will hold a public hearing on this proposal on December 12th from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sheraton Birmingham The Sheraton Birmingham is Alabama's largest convention hotel, featuring 770 rooms and suites adjacent to the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in downtown Birmingham, Alabama (USA).
The 17-story hotel was built in two phases. , 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North, Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham (pronounced [ˈbɝmɪŋˌhæm]) is the largest city in the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Jefferson County. .