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President Clinton's Proposal to Clean Up Waterways

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Date: Mon Aug 23 1999 - 16:09:08 CDT

To All:

The following is an excerpt from "[Tip of the Week]Env Res Ctr's Tip for
8/20/99" and I thought it would be of interest.

Gary Jones


In this week's radio address, President Clinton announced that
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is unveiling a new
proposal to achieve clean waters across America. Based on a
detailed inventory of the nation's waters, more than 20,000
rivers, lakes and estuaries across the country are still
polluted. Through this proposal, EPA is taking the necessary
steps to meet tough, clean water standards by requiring
comprehensive cleanup plans that will share pollution reduction
responsibilities among all sources to the nation's waterways,
resulting in rivers, lakes and streams that are fishable and

"We're taking new action to ensure that every river, lake and bay
in America is clean and safe. The EPA will work in partnership
with states to assess the state of all our waterways - to
identify the most polluted waters, and to develop strong,
enforceable plans to restore them to health," said President
Clinton. "These steps will chart a course to clean up 20,000
waterways and ensure that they remain safe for generations to

"To address the remaining water pollution challenges we must now
focus our efforts river by river; lake by lake; beach by beach;
community by community," said EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner.
"Recognizing that no two pollution challenges are identical, EPA
is proposing to require site-specific cleanup plans for all
remaining polluted waterbodies."

Despite tremendous progress in the quarter-century since the
Clean Water Act was passed, 40 percent of America's surveyed
waterways remain too polluted for fishing and swimming. The Clean
Water Action Plan, launched by the President last year, provides
communities with new resources to reduce dirty runoff and other
threats to water quality. Today's proposal would strengthen EPA's
"total maximum daily load" requirements to help restore 20,000
waterways nationwide. Under the proposed rule, states will:

Prepare comprehensive assessments of waterways, identifying those
exceeding clean water standards, and pinpointing those facing the
greatest pollution threats.

Set a cap on the pollution entering a given water body, and
decide how much of that pollution can come from sources like
factories, sewage treatment plants, farms, and urban runoff.

Develop detailed cleanup plans and set timetables for
implementing them. The plans could entail tighter pollution
limits for individual factories, sewage treatment plants or other
"point" sources, and limits on urban and agricultural runoff or
other "non-point" sources. For "high priority" waters - including
those where pollution threatens drinking water sources or
endangered species - states are encouraged to adopt plans within
five years.

In developing and implementing these new watershed-based cleanup
plans, all pollution sources will participate in the restoration
effort -- from factories to farms, sewer systems to city streets.
Pollution reductions will be shared among point and non-point
sources of pollution, and will be achieved using detailed
implementation plans required under the proposed regulations. In
order to provide reasonable assurance that water quality
standards will be met, the proposal clarifies the authority of
the states and EPA to regulate certain sources of polluted runoff
where necessary to restore clean water.

For more information about the 20,000 threatened or impaired
waterbodies, visit EPA's web page at
on the Internet. Two proposed regulations will be published soon
in the Federal Register that revise regulations for the Total
Maximum Daily Load program and the National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System and Water Quality Standards programs. Public
comments will be accepted for 60 days following publication in
the Federal Register. Copies of the proposals will be available
on the web page cited above. Further information on the proposal
is available by calling 202-260-4078.

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