Missouri Continuing Planning Process

Continuing Planning Process Document

What is the Continuing Planning Process?

The Continuing Planning Process (CPP) is an informational document for the general public, business and environmental interests, state and local government and EPA Region 7. It is prepared pursuant to Section 303(e) of the Clean Water Act. The goal of the CPP is to document a comprehensive and efficient water quality management process. For those interested in water quality management in Missouri, the CPP provides access to various sources of information, references, technical guidance documents and memorandums of agreement/understanding relevant to water quality.

The CPP describes the Water Protection Program's water quality processes and planning activities, including the interconnectedness of these activities, by addressing each of the nine minimum federal CPP elements required under the federal Clean Water Act. The program manages efforts in permitting, engineering, monitoring and assessment, financial assistance, enforcement and compliance assistance.

The department periodically reviews and revises the Continuing Planning Process, inviting comments from the public and EPA. The CPP is open for public review at least every five years. No public comments were received during the 2015 public comment period. Any EPA comments received will be considered and addressed in the next revision. A revisions schedule for future reviews is shown below.

Missouri received approvals from EPA Region 7 for its CPP in 1973, 1974 and 2001.

Environmental Laws and Regulations is available at dnr.mo.gov/assistance/laws-regulations.htm

Clean Water Forum dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/cwforum/index.html

The Missouri Water Protection Program's Continuing Planning Processes

The following nine elements are the minimum required of states under the Clean Water Act.

Element 1- The Process for Developing Effluent Limits and Schedules of Compliance
40 CFR 130.5 (b) (1) the process for developing effluent limitations and schedules of compliance as required by sections 301(b)(1) and (2), 306 and 307 of the Clean Water Act and as required in applicable water quality standards. This element identifies the process for developing effluent limitations and schedules of compliance as required by the Clean Water Act and applicable water quality standards for the program referred to as the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

Element 2 - The Process for Incorporating Elements of Waste Treatment Plans and Basin Plans
40 CFR 130.5 (b)(2): the process for incorporating elements of any applicable area-wide waste treatment plans under Section 208 and applicable basin plans under Section 209 of the Clean Water Act. Public entities, whether or not they are designated authorities, can take advantage of public funding and financing for regional wastewater treatment facilities. Missouri's delegated funding authority under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for area-wide waste treatment project loans and grants encourages districts and communities to design and build wastewater treatment collection systems.

Element 3 - The Process for Developing Total Maximum Daily Loads and Water Quality-Based Effluent Limits
40 CFR 130.5 (b)(3): The process for developing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) and individual water quality-based effluent limitations for pollutants as required in Section 303(d) of the Act and Part 130.7 of EPA regulations. This element discusses water quality standards and water quality-based effluent limitations. TMDLs are plans established under the Clean Water Act to ensure that a water body will attain and maintain state water quality standards. The TMDL process begins with the determination of which waters do not meet water quality standards after the implementation of technology-based controls.

Element 4 - The Process for Updating and Maintaining Water Quality Management Plans
40 CFR 130.5(b)(4): The process for updating and maintaining water quality management plans, including schedules for revision.

This element identifies the basic activities/processes for evaluating, updating and maintaining Missouri's water quality, including geographic information systems (GIS), water quality information systems (WQIS), and watershed planning efforts.

Element 5 - The Process for Ensuring Adequate Authority for Intergovernmental Cooperation
40 CFR 130.5 (b)(5): The process for ensuring adequate authority for intergovernmental cooperation in the implementation of the state water quality management program.

This element documents the continuing planning authority for intergovernmental cooperation in the implementation of the state's water quality management program. Water Protection Forum Meetings provide opportunities for the public and local agencies and associations to discuss water quality issues and support improvements.

Element 6 - The Process for Establishing and Ensuring Adequate Implementation of Water Quality Standards and Schedules of Compliance
40 CFR 130.5 (b)(6): the process for establishing and ensuring adequate implementation of new or revised water quality standards, including schedules of compliance under Section 303(c).

Under the Clean Water Act, every state must adopt water quality standards to protect, maintain and improve the quality of the nation's surface waters (U.S. Code Title 33, Chapter 26, Subchapter III). Missouri's water quality standards provide the basis for the department's Water Protection Program.

Element 7 - The Process for Ensuring Adequate Controls Over the Disposition of All Residual Waste
40 CFR 130.5 (b) (7): The process for ensuring adequate controls over the disposition of all residual waste from any water treatment processing.

This element discusses sludge or biosolids. Assuring adequate controls over the disposition of all residual waste or sludge from any water treatment processing is authorized under state authority by adding sludge requirements during the permitting process. Guidance has been developed for permittees designed to promote safe use and disposal of biosolids.

Element 8 - The Process for Developing an Inventory and Ranking in Order of Priority of Needs for Construction of Waste Treatment Works
40 CSR 130.5 (b)(8) The process for developing an inventory and priority ranking of needs for the construction of waste treatment works required to meet the applicable requirements of Sections 301 Effluent Limitations and 302 Water Quality Related Effluent Limits of the Clean Water Act.

This element discusses future needs for water quality protection facilities. The water quality needs of communities are significant. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources maintains an inventory of identified public wastewater works construction needs. A need is a cost estimate for a project eligible for Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans and state grants.

Element 9 - The Process of Determining Priority of Permit Issuance
40 CFR 130.5 (b)(9): the process for determining the priority of permit issuance.

This element discusses the permitting process. The department makes decisions regarding construction and operating permit applications within time lines established under Missouri Clean Water Law. First-time operating permits are not issued until an applicant provides proof to the department that a permanent organization exists that will serve as a continuing authority for the facility.

Revisions of the Continuing Planning Process
Each year the program plans to review certain elements of the CPP as described below. Should there be major changes in any element, that element may be revised sooner than anticipated in this schedule.

2016    Elements 1 and 2
2017    Elements 3 and 4
2018    Elements 5 and 6
2019    Elements 7 and 8
2020    Element 9

Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement

Clean Water Rules Review

Archived 2001-2005 Continuing Planning Process document - Prepared pursuant to Section 303(e) of the Clean Water Act. Approved by the Missouri Clean Water Commission Nov. 28, 2001.