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Water: Module 6

Basic Course: Key Concepts: Brief Topic Quiz

Module 6. EPA Region Review of State/Tribal Standards

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To complete your review of the topic in this module, please take the self-assesement quiz by reviewing each question and considering the possible responses.

A note about the quiz:

At the bottom of this page are the answers and the password for this section. You will need each password in each of the six modules to obtain your Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

Answer each of the questions below

1. Statement: Upon completion, a State/Tribe should submit its water quality standards to EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC, for review.
  1. True
  2. False
2. Which of the following must be included in a State/Tribe's submission of its water quality standards to EPA for review?
  1. Waterbody use designations that are consistent with the Clean Water Act.
  2. Methods and analyses used to support the standards.
  3. Water quality criteria sufficient to protect designated uses.
  4. An antidegradation policy and accompanying implementation procedures.
  5. Certification by the Attorney General or appropriate Tribal legal authority.
  6. Information to support uses not specified in CWA Section 101(a)(2).
  7. General State/Tribal policies affecting application and implementation of the standards.
  8. All of the above.
3. Statement: If EPA disapproves a State/Tribe's water quality standards, the Agency automatically begins promulgating Federal standards to replace the disapproved standards.
  1. True
  2. False
4. Each time a State/Tribe conducts a triennial review of its water quality standards, what water bodies must States/Tribes examine?
  1. All water bodies.
  2. Water bodies (or segments) with less than the CWA 101(a) goals use designated.
  3. Water bodies (or segments) with better than the CWA 101(a) goal uses designated.
5. Which of the following must be included in a State/Tribe's notification about a formal public hearing on water quality standards?
  1. Time and location of the hearing.
  2. Agenda.
  3. Listing of major issues to be addressed.
  4. Location of the EPA submission package for public review.
  5. All of the above.

Answers and Password

  1. True or False Statement: Upon completion, a State/Tribe should submit its water quality standards to EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC, for review.

    Answer: False. EPA has delegated review and approval of State/Tribal water quality standards to the EPA Regions. Thus, the State/Tribe should direct its submission to the appropriate EPA Regional Administrator.

  2. Which of the following must be included in a State/Tribe's submission of its water quality standards to EPA for review?

    Answer: All of the above (Waterbody use designations that are consistent with the Clean Water Act; Methods and analyses used to support the standards; Water quality criteria sufficient to protect designated uses; An antidegradation policy and accompanying implementation procedures; Certification by the Attorney General or appropriate Tribal legal authority; Information to support uses not specified in CWA Section 101(a)(2); General State/Tribal policies affecting application and implementation of the standards). When submitting revised/new water quality standards to EPA, the State/Tribe must include all seven of these elements.

  3. True or False Statement: If EPA disapproves a State/Tribe's water quality standards, the Agency automatically begins promulgating Federal standards to replace the disapproved standards.

    Answer: False. If EPA disapproves a State/Tribe's standards, the State/Tribe has 90 days to adopt changes specified by EPA or other acceptable changes.

  4. Each time a State/Tribe conducts a triennial review of its water quality standards, what water bodies must States/Tribes examine?

    Answer: Water bodies (or segments) with less than the CWA 101(a) goal uses. A State/Tribe must examine any water bodies (or segments) with less than the CWA 101(a) goal uses to determine whether - based on new information - CWA 101(a) uses are now deemed attainable. If they are, States/Tribes must revise their water quality standards accordingly.

  5. Which of the following must be included in a State/Tribe's notification about a formal public hearing on water quality standards?

    Answer: All of the above (Time and location of the hearing; Agenda; Listing of major issues to be addressed; Location of the EPA submission package for public review.)

The password for this module is ‘EPA Regions'. This concludes Module 6. Please proceed to the Certificate of Completion.


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For informational purposes only–Not official statements of EPA policy.

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