Three Tribes authorized to administer water quality standards program

During the month of April, EPA approved the applications of three Indian Tribes for treatment in the same manner as a state (TAS), making them eligible to administer the water quality standards program on reservation lands. With these three approvals, there are now 43 such Tribes authorized nationally. The three newly authorized Tribes are the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (in Wisconsin), the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (in Washington), and the Hopi Tribe (in Arizona)...

WASHINGTON, DC, May 5, 2008 -- During the month of April, EPA approved the applications of three Indian Tribes for treatment in the same manner as a state (TAS), making them eligible to administer the water quality standards program on reservation lands. With these three approvals, there are now 43 such Tribes authorized nationally.

The three newly authorized Tribes are the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (in Wisconsin), the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (in Washington), and the Hopi Tribe (in Arizona). The approvals also allow the Tribes to certify under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act whether federal permits or licenses for activities on the reservation comply with the Tribe's water quality standards.

The three Tribes are now developing proposed water quality standards, which they will finalize and submit separately for EPA approval. EPA provides guidance and assistance to any federally-recognized Tribes that are interested in applying for TAS eligibility.

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