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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 07-1242


Availability of Technical Guidance

[37 Pa.B. 3333]
[Saturday, July 14, 2007]

   Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) website at (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 2007.

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: 562-3000-802 Title: Coal Mining Applicant Violator System (AVS) Compliance Manual. Description: The AVS is a National computer system managed by the Federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to track coal mining permit information and permittee ownership and control information for the states where coal is mined. The system also tracks violation information such as outstanding Federal violations, unpaid Federal civil penalties and reclamation fees, and outstanding State Failure to Abate Cessation Orders and civil penalties. Prior to the issuance of a coal mining activities permit, the Department's District Mining Office must conduct a compliance check through the AVS, as well as the Department's mainframe computer system, to ensure that there are no outstanding violations, civil penalties or reclamation fees for that company. In addition, prior to the issuance, renewal or amendment of a surface coal mining license, the Department's Bureau of Mining and Reclamation must conduct a compliance check through the AVS, as well as the Department's mainframe computer system, to ensure there are no outstanding Order, Cessation Orders, Consent Order and Agreements or Decrees, or Bond Forfeiture Declarations. This guidance provides the procedures the Department will use for conducting the compliance checks referenced previously. Previously, the guidance pertained only to the issuance of coal mining permits. Substantive revisions were recently made to the guidance to provide provisions that now make the guidance also applicable for conducting compliance checks of surface coal mining operations prior to the issuance of a new mine operator license, a mine operator license renewal, or mine operator license amendment. Notice of the substantive revisions to technical guidance #562-3000-802 were published for public comment on February 10, 2007, at 37 Pa.B. 723 (February 10, 2007). The Department did not receive any comments from the public during the 30-day comment period, which concluded on March 12, 2007. Contact: Questions regarding the technical guidance document should be directed to Bruce Carl, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, P. O. Box 8461, 5th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461; (717) 787-5103; Effective Date: July 14, 2007.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 07-1242. Filed for public inspection July 13, 2007, 9:00 a.m.]

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