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Petitions to the Office of Water

This page makes available petitions for rulemaking received by the Office of Water on or after January 1, 2013. For the purposes of this page, the agency has posted incoming communications styled as "petitions" for generally applicable, national rulemakings. Petitions provided as comments in a publicly available rulemaking docket are not reproduced here. Additional petitions will be added on an ongoing basis as they are received or identified; petitions on this page were last updated on April 11, 2017.

The presence of a petition on this page does not indicate an EPA decision to grant or deny the petition. Any regulatory action that follows as a result of a petition for rulemaking would still be shaped by the typical outreach used by the agency to gather stakeholder input, and is still subject to any applicable notice and comment requirements. Petitions for rulemaking from other offices.

Date Received Petitioners Related Statutes Description
May 14, 2013 Earthjustice CWA Section 303(c)(4)

Final Petition for Rulemaking to Set Water Quality Standards to Protect Appalachian Waters from Mining Waste and Harmful Levels of Conductivity. Read the petition.

September 20, 2015 E. Brotzman  Clean Water Act (CWA)

Rulemaking petition to expand coverage over the number of Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) that qualify as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOS) under CWA. Read the petition.

March 23, 2016 National Resources Defense Council Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

Citizen petition to repeal or amend the EPA’s aquifer exemption regulations to protect underground sources of drinking water. Read the petition.

March 29, 2016 North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

Petition for rulemaking to strengthen the Lead and Copper Rule under the SDWA. Read the petition.

April 5, 2017 Charles Maresca, Director of Interagency Affairs, SBA Office of Advocacy Clean Water Act

The U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy, submits a regulatory petition to modify the final Steam Electric Power Plant Effluent Limitations Guidelines which imposed technology-based standards to control wastewater under the Clean Water Act. Read the petition.

March 24, 2017 Harry M. (Pete) Johnson III of Hunton & Williams (representing the Utility Water Act Group) Clean Water Act

The Utility Water Act Group1 (UWAG) hereby petitions the U.S. EPA pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 553(e) for a rulemaking to reconsider the Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category; Final Rule. UWAG also seeks an administrative stay of the Rule pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 705 because the Rule is currently in litigation. Read the petition.

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