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EPA
AND
H
ARDROCK 
M
INING
:A
 
S
OURCE
B
OOK FOR 
I
NDUSTRY
 
IN THE
N
ORTHWEST AND
A
LASKA
January 2003
U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyRegion 101200 6th AvenueSeattle, Washington 98101
 
 EPA and Hardrock Mining: A Source Book for Industry in the Northwest and Alaska
iJanuary 2003
T
ITLE AND
D
ISCLAIMER 
Title
Title:
 EPA and Hardrock Mining: A Source Book for Industry in the Northwest and  Alaska
Prepared by:EPA Region 10 with the technical assistance of Science ApplicationsInternational CorporationDate:January 2003
Disclaimer
This document is not intended, nor can it be relied on, to create any rights enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. Any mention of company or product name is not to beconsidered an endorsement by the U.S. Government or by the Environmental Protection Agency.This document describes information needed by EPA to evaluate and make regulatory decisionson hardrock mines; as a result, the document is general in nature and applicants should not viewanything in this guidance as ‘mandatory’ or prescriptive. A draft of this document was madeavailable for review by Federal and State agencies, by public interest groups, and by interestedmembers of the public. EPA then revised the draft and prepared this final document byaddressing those comments as deemed appropriate by EPA. Commenters are identified, and both comments and EPA responses to those comments, are presented in Appendix J.
 
 EPA and Hardrock Mining: A Source Book for Industry in the Northwest and Alaska
iJanuary 2003
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I
 NTRODUCTION
...........................................................11.1 Purpose of this Document..............................................11.2Problem Statement....................................................11.3General Suggestions for Completing the Permitting Process...................21.4Organization of this Source Book........................................42.0I
 NTRODUCTION TO
 NPDES
 
P
ERMITTING
(CWA
 
S
ECTION
402)......................42.1When is an NPDES Permit Needed?......................................82.2Technology-based National Effluent Limitation Guidelines...................102.3Water Quality Standards and Water Quality-Based Permitting................112.4Storm Water........................................................172.5 Information Needs for NPDES Permitting................................183.0D
ISCHARGE OF
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.................................224.1EPAs NEPA Role...................................................234.2EPA Requirements for Environmental Review Under NEPA and the CWA ......244.3When is an EIS Required?.............................................265.0O
THER 
A
UTHORITIES
......................................................285.1Clean Air Act.......................................................285.1.1New Source Performance Standards...............................295.1.2Specific Sources...............................................305.2Endangered Species Act..............................................315.3Resource Conservation and Recovery Act................................355.4Coastal Zone Management Act.........................................365.5State Authorities....................................................36
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