Two coastal nonpoint pollution control programs approved

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have approved Florida and South Carolina Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Programs (coastal nonpoint program) and announced the availability of the draft decision documents. NOAA and EPA conditionally approved the Florida and South Carolina coastal nonpoint programs on November 18, 1997 and Feb. 23, 1998, respectively...

WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 11, 2008 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have approved Florida and South Carolina Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Programs (coastal nonpoint program) and announced the availability of the draft decision documents.

NOAA and EPA conditionally approved the Florida and South Carolina coastal nonpoint programs on November 18, 1997 and Feb. 23, 1998, respectively. NOAA and EPA have drafted approval decisions describing how Florida and South Carolina have satisfied the conditions placed on their programs and therefore have a fully approved coastal nonpoint program.

NOAA and EPA are making the draft decisions for the Florida and South Carolina coastal nonpoint programs available for a 30-day public comment period. If comments are received, NOAA and EPA will consider whether such comments are significant enough to affect the decision to fully approve the programs.

Copies of the draft Approval Decisions can be found on the NOAA Web
site at http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/czm/6217/findings.html.

Individuals or organizations wishing to submit comments on the draft Approval Decisions should do so by March 12, 2008.

Comments should be made to: John King, Chief, Coastal Programs Division (N/ORM3;), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS, NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, phone (301) 713-3155, x188, e-mail John.King@noaa.gov.

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