EPA seeks public comments on impaired waterways list

Thursday, May 5, 2011 | 9:57 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on Missouri's list of waterways that don't meet federal standards.

The EPA's public comment period on the list ends in early July.

The agency said in a release that it's approving listing 241 Missouri waterways as impaired and removing 35 waterways from Missouri's 2010 list.

The Clean Water Act and federal regulations require EPA to review the list developed by the state Department of Natural Resources to determine if the state reasonably considered water quality-related data and information when naming waterways to the list.

The EPA also said it added several water bodies that were excluded from the list. The EPA said those additions were found to be impaired by inorganic sediment and other pollutants.

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