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Water: Module 6

Basic Course: Key Concepts (Module 6)

Introduction: What's Covered in This Module?

Module 6. EPA Region Review of State/Tribal Standards

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This module addresses submission of a State or Tribe's water quality standards to the EPA Regional Office for review, including consideration of timelines and types of Agency determinations. EPA approval is required before a State/Tribe can use its standards as the basis for implementation actions, such as establishing effluent limitations.

The module also touches on the requirement that States/Tribes periodically review their water quality standards to identify any modifications needed to better focus the standards on the goals of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

In particular, this module provides answers to the following:

  • What steps are required of States/Tribes before submitting water quality standards to the EPA Regional Office for review?
  • What must States/Tribes include in the submission to EPA?
  • What types of responses can a State/Tribe expect from EPA and when?
  • How often must a State/Tribe revisit its approved standards and what's involved in revising the standards?

At the end of the module is a brief quiz intended to touch on some Core Modules regarding State/Tribe submission and EPA review of water quality standards—concepts that will be further examined in the classroom session of this module.

This module's main pages and brief quiz at the end take about 15 minutes to complete.

Disclaimer: This online course presentation and any associated links have been prepared by EPA staff for informational purposes only. Their sole purpose is to make available training online from recent Water Quality Standards Academy classroom courses. As such, this online course and any associated links are not binding on EPA or the public and have no legal effect. They do not constitute an EPA statute, regulation or other requirement and do not substitute for such authorities. In addition, the course and any associated links have not been reviewed or endorsed by EPA management. Thus, they are not intended or written as official statements of EPA’s scientific views, policies, guidance, or requirements and cannot be used or cited as evidence of EPA’s position on any matter.

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