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State Water Board Seeks Public Comment for Trash Control Proposal

July 8, 2014
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is seeking public comment on the Proposed Amendments to the Statewide Water Quality Control Plans to Control Trash.
 
The proposed Trash Amendments will include six elements:
  1. Water quality objective;
  2. Prohibition of discharge;
  3. Implementation provisions;
  4. Time schedule;
  5. Time extension option for State Water Board consideration; and
  6. Monitoring and reporting requirements.
The project objective for the proposed Trash Amendments is to provide statewide consistency for the water boards' regulatory approach to protect aquatic life and public health beneficial uses, and reduce environmental issues associated with trash in state waters, while focusing limited resources on high trash generating areas. A fact sheet of the amendments is available online.  
 
The State Water Board will hold a public workshop on Wednesday, July 16 at 9:00 a.m. in Sacramento to provide information and answer questions regarding the proposed Trash Amendments and the Draft Staff Report.
 
Following the workshop, a public hearing will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 9:00 a.m. in Sacramento to receive public input and comments on the proposed amendments and staff report. Written comments regarding the proposed Trash Amendment are due no later than 12:00 p.m., Aug. 5 and can be addressed to:
 
Jeanine Townsend, clerk to the board
State Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street, 24th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
 
Comment letters may be submitted electronically, in pdf text format (if less than 15 megabytes in total size), to the clerk to the board via email at commentletters@waterboards.ca.gov. If the file is greater than 15 megabytes in total size, then the comment letter may be faxed to (916) 341-5620. Please indicate “Comment Letter – Trash Amendments” in the subject line.


 
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