Availability of Technical Guidance
[36 Pa.B. 3039]
[Saturday, June 17, 2006]
Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) website at www.depweb.state.pa.us (DEP Keywords: ''Technical Guidance''). The ''Final Documents'' heading is the link to a menu of the various Department bureaus where each bureau's final technical guidance documents are posted. 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 2006.
Ordering Paper Copies of Department Technical Guidance
The Department encourages the use of the Internet to view and download technical guidance documents. When this option is not available, persons can order a paper copy of any of the Department's draft or final technical guidance documents by contacting 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:
DEP ID: 563-2112-101. Title: Aboveground Storage Tanks on Coal Mine Permit Areas. Description: This technical guidance document describes the permitting and monitoring requirements for aboveground storage tanks on coal mine sites. It applies to all coal mining and reclamation activities approved under the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (52 P. S. §§ 1396.1--1396.19a), including Government Financed Construction Contracts. The guidance does not apply to storage tanks on noncoal mining sites. The guidance is issued under the authority of the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act, The Clean Streams Law (35 P. S. §§ 691.1--691.1001) and the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act (35 P. S. §§ 6021.101--6021.2104). Notice providing a 30-day public comment period on the draft of this guidance document was published at 36 Pa.B. 880 (February 18, 2006). The draft version of the document was advertised in the Pennsylvania Bulletin under the title of ''Aboveground Storage Tanks on Coal Mining Permits.'' The Pennsylvania Coal Association provided comments on the draft, which were addressed by the Department in a Comment and Response Document. Contact: Questions regarding the technical guidance document should be directed to William Allen, Jr., Department of Environmental Protection, P. O. Box 8461, 5th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461, firstname.lastname@example.org, (717) 787-5103. Effective Date: July 1, 2006.
DEP ID: 563-2504-201. Title: Blanket Bond Program for Coal Surface Mine Sites. Description: This document provides guidelines and procedures concerning the Department's voluntary Blanket Bond Program for coal surface mine sites. A Blanket Bond is a new type of bond form prepared and furnished by the Department. Blanket Bonds meet the requirements of the Conventional Bonding System and allow for all of the coal surface mining permits for a permittee to be covered by one bond. The document is issued under the authority of the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act, The Clean Streams Law and the Coal Refuse Disposal Control Act (52 P. S. §§ 30.51--30.66). Notice providing a 30-day public comment period on the draft of this guidance document was published at 36 Pa.B. 1294 (March 18, 2006). The draft version of the document was advertised in the Pennsylvania Bulletin under the title of ''Blanket Bonds.'' The Pennsylvania Coal Association provided comments on the draft, which were addressed by the Department in a Comment and Response Document. Contact: Questions regarding the technical guidance document should be directed to William Allen, Jr., Department of Environmental Protection, P. O. Box 8461, 5th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461, email@example.com, (717) 787-5103. Effective Date: July 1, 2006.
Draft Technical Guidance--Substantive Revision:
DEP ID: 394-2000-002 Title: Pennsylvania's Nonpoint Source Management Program Update. Description: The Pennsylvania Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Program Update outlines the Commonwealth's plan to address nonpoint source pollution through 2012 based on having adequate resources including necessary personnel. This update enhances the Commonwealth's Nonpoint Source Management Program approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1999 in compliance with section 319(b) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act), as amended by Pub. L. No. 100-4 on February 4, 1987. This plan also establishes the overall strategy the Commonwealth will use to implement the watershed protection aspects of the Commonwealth's Growing Greener Program. This NPS Program Update expands and enhances the Commonwealth's 1999 NPS Management Program and includes a variety of regulatory, nonregulatory, financial and technical assistance programs needed to improve and maintain surface and groundwater quality. Written Comments: The Department is seeking public comments on the substantive revisions to technical guidance No. 394-2000-002. Interested persons may submit written comments by August 1, 2006. 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 Fran Koch, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Watershed Management, P. O. Box 8555, 10th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8555, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact: Questions regarding the draft technical guidance document should be directed to Fran Koch, (717) 783-2289, email@example.com. Effective Date: Upon publication of notice as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
Notice to Rescind Technical Guidance:
DEP ID: 363-4000-001. Title: Compliance Assistance and Enforcement Manual. Description: This guidance document was prepared to standardize the procedures and documents used by the Department for compliance assistance and enforcement under the provisions of the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act (32 P. S. §§ 693.1--693.27), the Flood Plain Management Act (32 P. S. §§ 679.101--679.601) and 25 Pa. Code Chapters 105 and 106 (relating to dam safety and waterway management; and floodplain management). Many of the measures identified in the document are now included in other Departmental compliance and enforcement policies, making the availability of this technical guidance document no longer useful to the public. Contact: Questions concerning the rescission of technical guidance document No. 363-4000-001 should be directed to Kenneth Murin, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Watershed Management, P. O. Box 8555, 10th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8555, (717) 787-6827, firstname.lastname@example.org. Effective Date: June 17, 2006.
KATHLEEN A. MCGINTY,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 06-1079. Filed for public inspection June 16, 2006, 9:00 a.m.]
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