Senate Bill 0432
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DIGEST OF SB432 (Updated February 7, 2000 5:24 PM - DI 58)
Water body designation and water quality. Establishes procedures and criteria for listing of impaired waters by the department of environmental management for compliance with federal law. Establishes procedures concerning the development of maximum pollutant loads with respect to the impaired waters. Establishes procedures and criteria for the designation of a water body as an outstanding state resource water by the water pollution control board, and for the designation of a water body as an outstanding national resource water by the general assembly upon recommendation of the department of environmental management and the environmental quality service council. Designates the extent to which certain water bodies must be maintained without degradation of water quality. Directs the department of environmental management to develop and maintain a quality assurance plan and information management system to assess the validity and reliability of the data used in the listing of impaired waters and the special designation of waters. Directs the department of environmental management to appoint a water quality task force, establishes the subjects to be studied, and designates the agencies and interest groups from which the membership must be drawn. Provides for the application to exceptional use waters of certain standards applicable to outstanding state resource waters, and for the possible future designation of exceptional use waters as outstanding state resource waters. Requires the water pollution control board to establish policies and rules to govern total maximum daily load requirements. Directs the chairperson of the environmental quality service council to appoint a working group with respect to the implementation of maximum daily load requirements, establishes the duties of the working group, designate the interest groups from which certain members must be drawn, and establishes criteria for the designation of other members.
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