Availability of Technical Guidance
[35 Pa.B. 3105]
Technical guidance documents are on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) website: www.dep.state.pa.us (DEP Keyword: Participate). 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 2005.
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.
Final Technical Guidance--Substantive Revision
DEP ID: 012-0700-002. Title: Agricultural Land Preservation Policy. Description: The purpose of this guidance is to provide policy guidance to Department staff to: 1) consider ways to prevent the irreversible loss of prime agricultural land; and 2) administer the Department's programs so that Department funds and Department-administered Federal funds are not used to encourage the conversion of prime agricultural land to other uses when feasible alternatives are available. This policy implements Executive Order 2003-2. The order directs the Department to list agency actions that directly or indirectly impact prime agricultural lands, provide a statement of agency guidelines and procedures that eliminate or minimize impacts detrimental to the continued use of prime agricultural lands and describe any statutory or regulatory changes necessary to implement the intent of the executive order. Comments: A notice of availability of the draft version of this document was published at 34 Pa.B. 6105 (November 6, 2004). Provision for a 30-day public comment period was provided for the draft document, which concluded on December 6, 2004. The document was revised in response to comments received from the public. Effective Date: May 21, 2005. Contact: Lou Guerra, Department of Environmental Protection Policy Office, (717) 783-8727.
Draft Technical Guidance--New Guidance
DEP ID: 580-2200-009. Title: Safety Requirements for Construction of Shafts for Underground Mines. Description: This document provides guidance to identify the safety requirements applicable to the development of shaft and slope entries to underground mines. Written Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments on this draft technical guidance document by June 20, 2005. 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, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Deep Mine Safety, Fayette County Health Center, 100 New Salem Road,Room 167, Uniontown, PA 15401, email@example.com. Questions regarding the draft technical guidance document should be directed to Joseph A. Sbaffoni, (724) 439-7469, firstname.lastname@example.org. Effective Date: Upon publication as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
KATHLEEN A. MCGINTY,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 05-1000. Filed for public inspection May 20, 2005, 9:00 a.m.]
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