Clean Water Act Tmdl Program: Law, Policy and Implementation

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Houck (law, Tulane U.) guides people responsible for a company's compliance with water quality regulations through the new landscape as the technological standards used by the US Environmental Protection Agency for the past quarter century are being replaced by measures of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) under pressure from citizens groups. He includes a history of water quality regulation since 1948. He does not provide an index. The member price is $33.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780911937992
  • Publisher: Environmental Law Institute
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 388

Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Chapter 1 Introduction 3
Chapter 2 The History and Evolution of [section]303 11
Water Quality Standards Regulation and TMDLs 11
The Rise of Water Quality Standards in Federal Law 12
The 1972 Amendments: The States and the Regulated Community Make Their Case 14
Congress Disposes: [section]303(d) 20
The Backlash: Congress Stays the Course 24
The Commission Reports 24
The New Federalism, 1982 26
The Water Quality Act of 1987 28
The Argument Continues 31
Reflections on Water Quality Standards Legislation and Its Stakeholders 33
Chapter 3 The Implementation of [section]303 49
Section 303(d): The Avoidance Years 49
The Constructive Submission Theory: Avoidance Might Not Work 51
Slow Motion 53
The Roof Falls In 55
EPA Takes the Lead 56
Eligible Waters 58
Scientific Uncertainty 58
Implementation 59
Nonpoint Sources 60
But Will Anybody Follow? 63
Chapter 4 A New Framework 75
Pieces of the Frame 75
The Litigation 75
Further EPA Guidance 77
Listing 77
Total Maximum Daily Loads 79
The FACA Committee 82
The Federal Family 84
The Clean Water Action Plan 85
From Nonpoint to Point Source Regulation 87
Grazing and Timber on Public Lands 94
Coastal Nonpoint Programs 99
Early State Responses 104
Listings 105
TMDLs 106
What We Have Framed 108
Chapter 5 The Final Frontier 131
Reviewing the Bidding 131
TMDLs and the Limits of Science 136
TMDLs and the Limits of Will 142
Chapter 6 Concluding Thoughts 165
Appendix A Clean Water Act [section]303(d)-(e) 179
Appendix B TMDL Litigation by State 183
Appendix C Summary of Illustrative TMDLs 185
Appendix D EPA Proposed TMDL Regulations 191
Introduction 191
Proposed Revisions to the Water Quality Planning and Management Regulation 195
Revisions to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program and Federal Antidegradation Policy in Support of Revisions to the Water Quality Planning and Management Regulation 309
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