The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) is requesting public involvement from the local community and other interested parties during the upcoming triennial review of Guamâ€™s Water Quality Standards (WQS) regulation in accordance with Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(c).
Section 303(c)(1) of the CWA and the EPAâ€™s implementing regulations at 40CFR 131.20 require that Guam, from time to time, but at least once every three years, hold public hearings to review applicable WQS and, as appropriate, modify and adopt WQS. In each WQS triennial review cycle, states and tribes, with input from the public, review their existing WQS to identify additions and/or revisions that are necessary or appropriate to ensure that their WQS meet the requirements of the CWA and the needs of the state or tribe.
Guam EPA intends to revise the islandâ€™s WQS in a variety of ways including additions of and revisions to water quality criteria, adopted implementation procedures, or other general policies. The public is highly encouraged to read the Water Quality Standards Regulatory Revisions Final Rule published in 2015 which addresses 6 key program areas. Here is a link to the revision: epa.gov/wqs-tech/final-rulemaking-update-national-water-quality-standards-regulation. The Guam WQS, Guam EPAâ€™s general list of triennial review topics, and other pertinent review cycle references, can be accessed at www.epa.guam.gov.
PUBLIC MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR:
Tuesdayâ€˘January 15, 2019â€˘5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
at Guam EPAâ€™s Administration Conference Room, located at 17-3304 Mariner Avenue, Tiyan.
Triennial Review Recommendations may be submitted either by hand delivery or by mail:
Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Attention: Jesse T. Cruz â€˘ BLDG #17-3304 Mariner Avenue, Tiyan Barrigada, GU 96913-1617
Recommendations submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than December 28, 2018.
Triennial Review Recommendations may also be submitted via email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org, cc: email@example.com â€˘ SUBJECT LINE: 2019 GWQS Triennial Review Recommendations submitted via email must be sent no later than 5:00 p.m. ChST on December 28, 2018.