(a) The executive director may approve water quality management plans and revisions
after a public participation opportunity has been provided that at a minimum meets
federal public participation requirements. Approval of water quality management plans shall be consistent with applicable state
and federal requirements. The commission may adopt rules governing approval of water quality management plans. The commission shall provide an opportunity for an interested person to seek commission
review of the executive director's decision regarding a water quality management plan
approval or revision.
(b) When a water quality management plan has been approved as provided in this section,
the plan may be furnished to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency or any other
federal official or agency in fulfillment of any federal water quality management
planning requirement specified for any purpose by the federal government.
(c) The board and the commission may use an approved water quality management plan
or a plan in progress but not completed or approved in reviewing and making determinations
on applications for permits and on applications for financial assistance for construction
of treatment works.
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