Updates on the Dispute Resolution Process
The Ecology Director has made a decision based on the
Dispute Panel recommendations and sent letters to the disputing parties.
On April 28, 2011, the Department of Ecology received a letter
from Seattle City Light requesting Ecology to initiate a dispute
resolution process in response to the TMDL that was submitted to EPA
on April 6, 2011.
Ecology’s Water Quality Program has a policy (1-25) that
establishes the requirements and process for dispute resolution
related to TMDLs:
FAQ: TMDL Dispute Resolution Process (Ecology publication)
Resolution Process Outcomes
Ecology’s Water Quality Program is committed to preventing
and cleaning up water pollution, as well as helping communities
make sustainable choices that reduce and prevent water quality
Solutions to these problems are often complex and involve many
different interests. The Water Quality Program is dedicated to
working with interested parties to achieve compliance with state
water quality standards and pollutant reductions prescribed in a
water cleanup plan (a TMDL, or Total Maximum Daily Load) submittal.
Information pertaining to the Pend Oreille River Temperature TMDL
dispute resolution process will be posted here as the process moves
forward. Please check back regularly for updates.
Please direct any questions or comments to:
Helen Bresler, TMDL Program Lead
Water Quality Program
Washington State Department of Ecology
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