Cover Letter to State
April 29, 2003
Water Protection and Soil Conservation Division
Missouri Department of Nat ural Resources
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Dear Mr. Hull
An electronic submittal of Missouri’s 2002 Section 303(d) list was received by EPA on August 27, 2002. EPA has carefully reviewed the submittal, along with the State’s 303(d) listing methodology, supporting data and information. Based on this review, EPA has determined that Missouri’s list of 150 water quality limited segments (WQLS), Enclosure 4, still requiring TMDLs partially meets the requirements of Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and EPA’s implementing regulations. EPA finds that these waterbodies and pollutants meet the federal requirements for listing under Section 303(d) of the CWA. The statutory and regulatory requirements and a summary of EPA’s review of Missouri’s compliance with each requirement are described in Enclosure 1.
EPA is partially approving and partially disapproving Missouri’s 2002 Section 303(d) list. EPA disapproves Missouri’s decision not to list 63 waterbodies and associated pollutants and therefore proposes to add back and/or restore those 63 waterbodies and associated pollutants to Missouri’s 2002 list. These 63 waterbodies and their associated priority rankings are identified in Enclosure 2 (Tables 1 and 2). In addition, there are 32 waters retained from the 1998 list which EPA proposes to add and/or add back (i.e., restore) pollutants. Those 32 waterbodies are identified in Enclosure 2 (Table 3). EPA will open a 60-day public comment period to receive comments concerning our proposed action to add/add back these waterbodies and pollutants to the State’s list.
EPA is also required by the August 2000 consent decree which settled 98-1195-CV-W and consolidated case 98-482-CV-C-5, American Canoe Association. Et.al., v USEPA, et al., to address during this listing cycle the 26 waterbodies and pollutants known as Attachment B waters and pollutants, and boundary state impairments of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The analysis and EPA’s decision regarding the water quality status of the 26 waterbodies and the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers pollutants are also provided in Enclosure 1.
If you would like to further discuss EPA’s action, please contact me at (913) 551-7001.
Leo J. Alderman
Water, Wetlands, and Pesticides Division
1. Summary to Support EPA’s Decision
2. Waterbodies & Pollutants EPA is Adding/Adding Back to Missouri’s List
3. Delistings Which EPA is Approving
4. U.S. EPA Corrected 2002 Missouri 303(d) List
5. U.S. EPA Consolidated 2002 Missouri 303(d) List