Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL, Water Body Record
Established Jan. 28, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, established the TMDL document for Pearson Creek, WBID 2373, Greene County.
To address the listing for unknown pollutants:
Stormwater runoff was used as a surrogate for the unknown pollutants. Reducing stormwater flows will address the vast majority of the issues associated with the impairment and restore the aquatic life beneficial use.
On Sept. 30, 2011, the City of Springfield, Mo., filed suit against EPA in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Southern District, challenging EPA’s establishment of total maximum daily loads (TMDL) for Wilson, Jordan and Pearson Creeks in and near Springfield. Springfield’s suit noted lack of statutory authority, arbitrary and capricious action, and violation of requirements for notice and comment rulemaking as the reasons for their challenge. Settlement discussions between the city and EPA began shortly after the complaint was filed. EPA subsequently filed a motion for voluntary remand of the challenged TMDLs, and on Feb. 20, 2013, a court order vacated the challenged TMDLs and remanded the matter to EPA for reconsideration.
Below find the Joint Report, Litigation Plan and Status, and the Order vacating and remanding the TMDL to EPA.
Documents in this record:
- Order Vacating and Remanding the TMDL to EPA - Feb. 20, 2013
- Joint Report, Litigation Plan and Status - Sept. 30, 2011
- Established Pearson Creek TMDL.
- EPA Pearson Creek TMDL Questions and Answers.
- Letter to Missouri - Letter from EPA transferring the established TMDL to Missouri.
- Comments - EPA received 2 comment letters during the public notice period, which was from Aug. 27 to Sept. 30, 2010.
- Responses - Summary of comments and EPA's responses.
- Pearson Creek Information Sheet.