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Notice of Availability of the Tribal Drinking Water Operator Cert Draft Guidelines


[Federal Register: March 30, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 62)]

[Notices]

[Page 16917]

From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

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Notice of Availability of the Tribal Drinking Water Operator

Certification Program Draft Guidelines

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking

comments from Tribes and other parties who will be affected by

or are otherwise interested in the Tribal Drinking Water Operator

Certification Program Draft Guidelines. EPA will consider the comments

received when developing the final guidelines. There will be a

90-day comment period starting from the publication date of this notice

of availability.

DATES: Comments should be postmarked or received via email by June

27, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Attn: Staci Gatica (MC: 4606),

Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania

Ave. NW, Washington DC 20460. Comments can also be sent via email to

gatica.staci@epamail.epa.gov. Typed comments are preferred.

AVAILABILITY: Please contact the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at

1-800-426-4791 to receive a copy of the Tribal Drinking Water Operator

Certification Program Draft Guidelines. The draft guidelines are

also available on the EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water

website at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/tribal.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Safe Drinking Water Hotline,

toll free (800) 426-4791, can be contacted for general information about

and copies of this document. For technical inquiries, contact Staci Gatica,

Implementation and Assistance Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking

Water (4606), Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios

Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20460. The telephone

number is (202) 260-3967 and the e-mail address is gatica.staci@epamail.epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

Amendments of 1996 direct the EPA, in cooperation with the States,

to develop guidelines specifying minimum standards for certification

and recertification of operators of State community and nontransient

noncommunity public water systems. The requirements pertaining

to States do not apply to Tribes but because having a certified operator

is a key factor in public health protection, EPA is developing,

in cooperation with Tribes, a voluntary Tribal Drinking Water Operator

Certification Program. This program is intended to protect public

health by providing Tribes with additional opportunities to become

trained and certified, by developing base standards for non-State

organizations certifying operators of tribal systems and by

establishing a consistent method of assessing, tracking, and addressing

certification and training needs on tribal lands.

Cynthia C. Dougherty,

Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water,

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

[FR Doc. 00-7629 Filed 3-29-00; 8:45 am]

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