The Utility Water Act Group ("UWAG") is pleased to provide the following comments in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") Notice of Opportunity to Provide Information on Existing Programs that Protect Water Quality from Forest Road Discharges (70 Fed. Reg. 69,653) ("Notice"). ​

UWAG is a voluntary, ad hoc, non-profit, unincorporated group of213 individual energy companies and three national trade associations of energy companies: the Edison Electric Institute, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and the American Public Power Association. The individual energy companies operate power plants and other facilities that generate, transmit, and distribute electricity to residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional customers. The Edison Electric Institute is the association of U.S. shareholder-owned energy companies, international affiliates, and industry associates. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association ("NRECA") is the association of not-forprofit energy cooperatives supplying central station service through generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity to rural areas of the United States. The American Public Power Association is the national service organization for the more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities in the U.S. Collectively, these utilities serve millions of Americans throughout the country. UWAG's purpose is to participate on behalf of its members in EPA's rulemakings under the Clean Water Act ("CW A") and in litigation arising from those rulemakings. FULL FILING