[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 248 (Tuesday, December 27, 2011)]
[Pages 80937-80938]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-33153]



[EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0517; FRL-9611-7]
RIN 2040-AF06

Notice of Final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan; Re-Opening 
Public Comment Period

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice; Re-opening Public Comment Period.


SUMMARY: On October 26, 2011, EPA published its final 2010 Effluent 
Guidelines Program Plan (``final 2010 Plan'') and announced its 2011 
Effluent Guidelines Reviews, as required under the Clean Water Act 
(CWA). Since publication, the Agency has received several requests for 
additional time to submit comments. EPA is therefore re-opening the 
comment period and will accept public comments on both actions for an 
additional 60 days.

DATES: Submit comments on or before February 27, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Comments: Submit your comments on the final 2010 Effluent 
Guidelines Program Plan identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-
0517, by one of the following methods:
     http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: [email protected], Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
     Fax: (202) 566-9744.
     Mail: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, 
Mailcode: 28221T, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0517, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.
     Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 
1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. 
EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0517. Such deliveries are accepted only during the 
Docket Center's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements 
should be made for deliveries of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments on the final 2010 Effluent 
Guidelines Program Plan to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0517. EPA's 
policy is that all comments received will be included in the public 
docket without change and could be made available online at 
www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, 
unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential 
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to 
be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or email. The 
www.regulations.gov Web site is an ``anonymous access'' system, which 
means that EPA will not know your identity or contact information 
unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email 
comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov your 
email address will be automatically captured and included as part of 
the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on 
the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that 
you include your name and other contact information in the body of your 
comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your 
comment because of technical difficulties and cannot contact you for 
clarification, EPA might not be able to consider your comment. 
Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form 
of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional 
information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center 
homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. For additional 
instructions on submitting comments, go to the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section of this document.

Submitting Confidential Business Information (CBI)

    Any CBI you wish to submit should be sent via a trackable physical 
method, such as Federal Express or United Parcel Service, to Mr. M. 
Ahmar Siddiqui, Document Control Officer, Engineering and Analysis 
Division (4303T), Room 6231S EPA West, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. 
NW., Washington, DC 20460. A CBI package should be double-wrapped, so 
that the CBI is in one package, which is itself inside another package. 
Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be 
CBI. For CBI information on a disk or CD-ROM that you mail to EPA, mark 
the outside of the disk or CD-ROM as CBI and then identify 
electronically within the disk or CD-ROM the specific information that 
is claimed as CBI. In addition to one complete copy of the material 

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includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the material that does 
not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for 
inclusion in the public docket. Information marked as CBI will not be 
disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 
    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the 
www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some 
information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such 
as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. 
Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically 
in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Water Docket, EPA/DC, EPA 
West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004. The 
Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, excluding federal holidays. The telephone number for the Public 
Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Water 
Docket is (202) 566-2426.
    Submit your comments on the 2011 Effluent Guidelines Reviews 
identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2010-0824 using one of the 
methods described above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. William F. Swietlik, Engineering 
and Analysis Division, Office of Water, 4303T, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC., 
20460; telephone number: (202) 566-1129; fax number: (202) 566-1053; 
email address: [email protected].


I. General Information

A. Supporting Documents for the Final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program 

    Key documents providing additional information about EPA's annual 
reviews and the final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan include the 

 Technical Support Document for the 2010 Effluent Guidelines 
Program Plan, EPA-820-R-10-021, DCN 07320;
 Coalbed Methane Point Source Category: Detailed Study Report, 
EPA-820-R-10-022, DCN 09999;
 Draft Guidance Document: Best Management Practices for Unused 
Pharmaceuticals at Health Care Facilities, August 26, 2010, EPA-821-R-
 Ore Mining and Dressing Category Preliminary Study, EPA-820-R-
10-025, DCN 07369.

B. How can I get copies of these documents and other related 

    1. Docket. EPA has established official public dockets for these 
actions under Docket ID Nos. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0517 and EPA-HQ-OW-2010-
0824. The official public docket is the collection of materials that is 
available for public viewing at the Water Docket in the EPA Docket 
Center, (EPA/DC) EPA West, Room 3334, 1301Constitution Ave, NW., 
Washington, DC 20460.
    2. Electronic Access. You may access this Federal Register document 
electronically through the United States government online source for 
Federal regulations at http://www.regulations.gov.

C. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for EPA?

    1. Tips for Preparing Your Comments. When submitting comments, 
remember to:
     Identify the rulemaking by docket number and other 
identifying information (subject heading, Federal Register date and 
page number).
     Follow directions--The agency might ask you to respond to 
specific questions or organize comments by referencing a Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) part or section number.
     Explain why you agree or disagree, suggest alternatives, 
and substitute language for your requested changes.
     Describe any assumptions and provide any technical 
information and/or data that you used.
     If you estimate potential costs or burdens, explain how 
you arrived at your estimate in sufficient detail to allow for it to be 
     Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns, and 
suggest alternatives.
     Explain your views as clearly as possible.
     Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period 
deadline identified.

II. Re-Opening of the Public Comment Period for the Final 2010 Effluent 
Guidelines Program Plan (``Final 2010 Plan'') and the 2011 Effluent 
Guidelines Reviews

    On October 26, 2011 (76 FR 66286), EPA published its final 2010 
Effluent Guidelines Program Plan (``final 2010 Plan''), which, as 
required under the Clean Water Act (CWA), identified new or existing 
industrial dischargers, both those discharging directly to surface 
waters and those discharging to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs), 
selected for effluent guidelines rulemaking, and provided a schedule 
for such rulemakings. The Agency solicited comments from the public on 
the final Plan for 30 days (to have been submitted on or before 
November 25, 2011). The notice also solicited data and information 
(during the same 30-day period) for EPA's 2011 Effluent Guidelines 
Reviews pursuant to the authority of CWA sections 304(b), 304(g), 
301(d) and 307(b).
    The Agency received several requests for additional time to submit 
comments. In response, EPA is re-opening the public comment period and 
will accept additional public comments on its final 2010 Effluent 
Guidelines Program Plan, which announced schedules to develop standards 
for wastewater discharges produced by natural gas extraction from 
underground coalbed and shale formations as well as mercury discharges 
from dental offices. EPA is also accepting additional data and 
information for its 2011 Effluent Guidelines Program Reviews, which 
were announced as a part of the 2010 Plan released in October. For more 
information visit http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/lawsguidance/cwa/304m/index.cfm. EPA believes that this additional 60-day comment period will 
assist in providing interested stakeholders, as well as other members 
of the public, adequate time to review the documents and provide 
written comments.

     Dated: December 19, 2011.
Nancy K. Stoner,
Acting Assistant Administrator for Water.
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