Water Quality Standards for the State of Florida's Estuaries and Coastal Waters

Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OW-2010-0222
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Consistent with the terms of a 2009 303(c)(4)(B) determination and Consent Decree, on November 30, 2012, EPA signed proposed criteria for Florida's estuaries and coastal waters not otherwise covered by EPA-approved State numeric nutrient criteria and inland flowing waters in the South Florida Nutrient Watershed Region (77 FR 74923). On November 30, 2012, June 27, 2013, and September 26, 2013, EPA approved numeric nutrient standards adopted by the State of Florida for certain waters in the State. In addition to Florida's adoption of numeric nutrient standards, a January 7, 2014 ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida granting EPA's motion to modify the consent decree allows EPA to withdraw the overlapping federally promulgated criteria so Florida can implement their State-adopted, EPA-approved criteria to address nutrient pollution in Florida's waters. As a result, EPA no longer intends to finalize this November 30, 2012 rule.

RIN: 2040-AF21
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 131
Priority: Other Significant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Spring 2015
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-term Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq Clean Water Act
Government Levels Affected: State
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
Legal Deadline
JudicialNPRMConsent Decree (As per extension approved 7/16/2012 (Florida Wildlife Federation v. EPA #08-324 USDC Northern District of Florida). Original Deadline was 11/14/2011.11/30/2012
ActionDateFR Citation
Final Rule
NPRM12/18/201277 FR 74924
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Type: Rulemaking
Location: HQ-OW

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Feb 19, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 12/18/2012
ID: EPA-HQ-OW-2010-0222-1623
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 12/03/2012
ID: EPA-HQ-OW-2010-0222-0001

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 01/30/2013
ID: EPA-HQ-OW-2010-0222-1653
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 01/30/2013
ID: EPA-HQ-OW-2010-0222-1654
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 01/25/2013
ID: EPA-HQ-OW-2010-0222-1650


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Comments Received*
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Agency Contact
Erica Fleisig
Washington, DC 20460
Corey Buffo
Washington, DC 20460
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