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Draft Strategy for National Clean Water Industrial Regulations

The draft strategy describes a process to identify existing effluent guidelines that EPA should consider revising, and to identify any industrial categories for which the Agency should consider developing new effluent guidelines.

EPA first solicited public comment of the draft Strategy for National Clean Water Industrial Regulations ("Strategy") on November 29, 2002 (67 FR 71165) and again on August 29, 2005 (70 FR 51042). EPA has used the draft Strategy and comments on the draft Strategy to shape the methodology for its annual reviews of existing effluent guidelines and pretreatment standards and effluent guidelines planning. In doing so, EPA has found that its effluent guidelines reviews and planning are an on-going and iterative process, and that its methodology for conducting these reviews and planning must continually be updated to reflect available data and tools and respond to public comments.

Consequently, rather than publishing a "final" Strategy as a separate static document, EPA has chosen instead to use the Federal Register notices accompanying the preliminary and final 304(m) plans to describe and solicit comment on its evolving process and criteria for conducting annual reviews and planning, building upon the major elements of the draft Strategy. EPA encourages the public to continue to provide comments on how EPA can improve its effluent guidelines reviews and planning processes.

EPA provided a review of the draft strategy in the Federal Register on December 21, 2006 (71 FR 76666).

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