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Effluent Guidelines Preliminary 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan

Clean Water Act §304(m)
Sec. 304. Information and Guidelines.

(m) Schedule for Review of Guidelines. — (1) Publication. — Within 12 months after the date of the enactment of the Water Quality Act of 1987, and biennially thereafter, the Administrator shall publish in the Federal Register a plan which shall (A) establish a schedule for the annual review and revision of promulgated effluent guidelines, in accordance with subsection (b) of this section,(B) identify categories of sources discharging toxic or nonconventional pollutants for which guidelines under subsection (b)(2) of this section and section 306 have not previously been published; and (C) establish a schedule for promulgation of effluent guidelines for categories identified in subparagraph (B) under which promulgation of such guidelines shall be no later than 4 years after such date of enactment for categories identified in the first published plan or 3 years after the publication of the plan for categories identified in later published plans. (2) Public Review. — The Administrator shall provide for public review and comment on the plan prior to final publication.

EPA has published in the Federal Register, and is requesting comment on, a preliminary plan for reviewing effluent guidelines, which are regulations that improve water quality by controlling discharges from industrial sources. EPA publishes a final Effluent Guidelines Plan every even year as is required by Section 304(m) of the Clean Water Act. Prior to publishing the final Plan, EPA must publish a preliminary Plan and take public comment.

Supporting Documents

Past Effluent Guidelines Program Plans

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.


Year Preliminary Plan Final Plan
2008 October 30, 2007 (72 FR 61335)   September 15, 2008 (73 FR 53218)  
2006 August 29, 2005 (70 FR 51042)   December 21, 2006 (71 FR 76644)  
2004   December 31, 2003 (68 FR 75515)   September 2, 2004 (69 FR 53705)
2002 June 18, 2002 (67 FR 41417) August 27, 2002 (67 FR 55012)
  2000   June 16, 2000 (65 FR 37783) August 31, 2000 (65 FR 53008)
  1998   May 28, 1998 (63 FR 29203) September 4, 1998 (63 FR 47285)
  1996   July 3, 1996 (61 FR 35041) October 7, 1996 (61 FR 52581)
  1994   May 18, 1994 (59 FR 25859) August 26, 1994 (59 FR 44234)
  1992   May 7, 1992 (57 FR 19748) September 8, 1992 (57 FR 41000)
  1990   August 25, 1988 (53 FR 32584) January 2, 1990 (55 FR 80)

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