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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 04-617


Availability of Technical Guidance

[34 Pa.B. 2019]

   Technical guidance documents are on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) website ( at the Public Participation Center page. The ''Current Inventory'' heading is the Governor's list of nonregulatory guidance documents. The ''Final Documents'' heading is the link to a menu of the various Department bureaus and from there to each bureau's final technical guidance documents. The ''Draft Technical Guidance'' heading is the link to the Department's draft technical guidance documents.

   The Department will continue to revise its nonregulatory documents, as necessary, throughout 2004.

Ordering Paper Copies of Department Technical Guidance

   The Department encourages the use of the Internet to view guidance documents. When this option is not available, persons can order a bound paper copy of the latest inventory or an unbound paper copy of any of the final documents listed on the inventory by calling the Department at (717) 783-8727.

   In addition, bound copies of some of the Department's documents are available as Department publications. Check with the appropriate bureau for more information about the availability of a particular document as a publication.

Changes to Technical Guidance Documents

   Following is the current list of recent changes. Persons who have questions or comments about a particular document should call the contact person whose name and phone number is listed with each document.

Draft Technical Guidance

   DEP ID:  580-2200-010. Title:  Underground Storage of Explosives. Description:   Section 702 of the Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Mine Act (52 P. S. § 701-702) and section 1402 of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Mine Act (52 P. S. § 70-1402) (collectively acts) allow mine operators to adopt or use a new technology or method if that method or technology provides equivalent protection to personnel and property as those statutory requirements contained in the acts. During the 40 years since these acts were promulgated, explosives used in underground coal mines have significantly become more stable and harder to accidentally detonate. As a result, the Department has determined that the storage of explosives in anthracite and bituminous underground mines can occur for extended periods if Department guidance is followed to store these explosives. Draft guidance document #580-2200-010 provides guidance for mine operators to store explosives in underground mines, which if followed, will afford personnel and property with the same or greater level of protection as intended under the acts. Written Comments:  Interested persons may submit written comments on draft technical guidance document #580-2200-010 by May 10, 2004. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. The Department will accept comments submitted by e-mail. A return name and address must be included in each e-mail transmission. Written comments should be submitted to Joseph A. Sbaffoni, Director, Bureau of Deep Mine Safety, Fayette County Health Center, 100 New Salem Road, Room 167, Uniontown, PA 15401, Questions regarding the draft technical guidance document should be directed to Joseph A. Sbaffoni, (724) 439-7469,


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 04-617. Filed for public inspection April 9, 2004, 9:00 a.m.]

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