Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of Nevada

Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 3 (Monday, January 6, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 3 (Monday, January 6, 2020)]
[Pages 503-504]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-28441]
[FRL-10003-89-Region 9]
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of tentative approval.
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the State of Nevada revised its
approved Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) Program under the
federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) by adopting the Lead & Copper
Rule Minor and Short-Term Revisions. The Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) has determined that these revisions by the State of Nevada
are no less stringent than the corresponding Federal regulations and
otherwise meet applicable SDWA primacy requirements. Therefore, the EPA
intends to approve these revisions to the State of Nevada's PWSS
DATES: Request for a public hearing must be received on or before
February 5, 2020.
ADDRESSES: All documents relating to this determination are available
for inspection between the hours of 8:30
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a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except official State
holidays and official Federal holidays, at the following offices:
Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, Admin Office, 901 South
Stewart Street, Suite 4001, Carson City, NV 89701; United States
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, Drinking Water Section, 75
Hawthorne Street (WTR4-1), San Francisco, CA 94105.
    Documents relating to this determination are also available online
at for inspection.
Water Section, at the Region 9 address provided above; via telephone at
(415) 972-3570; or via email address at [email protected].
    Background. The EPA approved the State of Nevada's original
application for PWSS program primary enforcement authority on February
27, 1978 (43 FR 8030). Primacy states such as Nevada must adopt and
submit for approval to EPA all new and revised national primary
drinking water regulations. Since that initial approval, EPA has worked
with Nevada to review and approve various revisions to Nevada's primacy
program. For the revisions covered by this action, the EPA promulgated
revisions to the Federal Lead and Copper Rule with the Minor Revisions
on January 12, 2000 (65 FR 1950) and the Short-Term Revisions on
October 10, 2007 (72 FR 5778). Nevada originally incorporated by
reference the requirements of the federal Lead and Copper Rule, 40 CFR
part 141 Subpart I, directly into the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC),
and EPA approved those revisions on July 21, 1996 (61 FR 29748). Nevada
updated the NAC with a rulemaking made effective July 22, 2010 that
expanded the incorporation by reference of the Federal Lead and Copper
Rule to include the Minor and Short-Term Revisions, with language
sufficient to meet the federal requirements. These are the primacy
revisions that the EPA Region 9 tentatively approves as part of the
Nevada's PWSS Program.
    Public Process. Any interested party may request a public hearing
on this determination. A request for a public hearing must be submitted
by February 5, 2020, to the Regional Administrator of EPA Region 9, to
the address shown above. The Regional Administrator may deny frivolous
or insubstantial requests for a hearing. If a substantial request for a
public hearing is made by February 5, 2020, EPA Region 9 will hold a
public hearing. Any request for a public hearing shall include the
following information: 1. The name, address, and telephone number of
the individual, organization, or other entity requesting a hearing; 2.
A brief statement of the requesting person's or organization's interest
in the Regional Administrator's determination and a brief statement of
the information that the requesting person intends to submit at such
hearing; and 3. The signature of the individual making the request, or,
if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity,
the signature of a responsible official of the organization or other
    If EPA Region 9 does not receive a timely and substantive request
for a hearing and the Regional Administrator does not elect to hold a
hearing on his own motion, the determination at issue in this notice,
the EPA's approval shall become final and effective on February 5,
2020, and no further public notice will be issued.
    Authority:  Section 1413 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 42
U.S.C. 300g-2 (1996), and 40 CFR part 142 of the National Primary
Drinking Water Regulations.
    Dated: December 17, 2019.
Deborah Jordan,
Acting Regional Administrator, EPA, Region 9.
[FR Doc. 2019-28441 Filed 1-3-20; 8:45 am]