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Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Plan for 2004/2005

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Fact Sheet; December 2003

EPA is proposing and requesting comment on a plan and schedule for developing and revising effluent guidelines. These regulations will improve water quality by controlling discharges from industrial sources.

Background on the Effluent Guidelines plan

EPA publishes an Effluent Guidelines Plan every other year. The Plan is required by Section 304(m) of the Clean Water Act.

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Background on Effluent Guidelines

Effluent guidelines are national regulations that control the discharge of pollutants to surface waters and to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). Effluent guidelines are specific to an industry. EPA writes effluent guidelines for all types of industrial discharges -- from manufacturing, agricultural, and service industries.

The effluent guidelines program is one of EPA's most successful environmental protection programs. Effluent guidelines have helped reverse the water quality degradation that accompanied industrialization in this country. These regulations reduce the discharge of pollutants that have serious environmental impacts, including pollutants that:

  • kill or impair fish and other aquatic organisms;
  • cause health problems through contaminated water, fish, or shellfish; and
  • degrade aquatic ecosystems.

EPA has already issued effluent guidelines for 55 industries. These regulations have prevented the discharge of more than 1.2 billion pounds of toxic pollutants a year.

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Summary of Plan

This notice presents and seeks comment on EPA's proposed Effluent Guidelines Program Plan for 2004/2005. The proposed Plan describes the effluent guidelines program, the Agency's current effluent guidelines development efforts, and results of the initial screening analyses. The Plan also invites comment on the two industries (i.e., Organic Chemicals, Plastics, and Synthetic Fibers and Petroleum Refining) that are identified in the attached Notice as candidates for more detailed analyses.

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Further Information

For additional information concerning this action, you can contact Mr. Carey A. Johnston at (202) 566-1014 at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, Engineering and Analysis Division (4303T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., or you can send an e-mail to johnston.carey@epa.gov. You can view or download the complete text of the Federal Register notice on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/guide/plan.html.

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