Availability of Technical Guidance
[38 Pa.B. 6227]
[Saturday, November 8, 2008]
Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site 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 2008.
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.
Interim Final Technical Guidance:
DEP ID: 254-2212-504. Title: Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of County Municipal Waste Management Plan Revisions. Description: This technical guidance document provides the Department regional staff and county recycling coordinators with updated information to aid in their development and review of county waste management plans. In response to recent court decisions, the guidance was updated to include revised instructions for the development of waste management plans that include waste flow control provisions, including supplemental considerations that must now be evaluated for flow control involving publicly-owned or publicly-controlled facilities. The procedures to classify revisions to county waste management plans as either substantial or nonsubstantial have also been modified in the guidance document to clarify the responsibilities of the county in each situation. The appendix to the guidance document was also updated to include the most current court decisions impacting county waste management. Written Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments on the substantive revisions to the interim final technical guidance document by December 8, 2008. The Department will accept comments submitted by e-mail, but comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. A return name and address must be included in each e-mail transmission. Written comments should be submitted to Sally Lohman, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waste Management, P. O. Box 8472, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8472, (717) 787-7382, firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact: Sally Lohman, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waste Management, P. O. Box 8472, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8472, (717) 787-7382, email@example.com. Interim Final Effective Date: November 8, 2008.
Draft Technical Guidance--Substantive Revision:
DEP ID: 391-2000-017. Title: Implementation Guidance Temperature Criteria. Description: Updates were made to this technical guidance document to clarify procedures applicable to 316(a) demonstrations, including consideration of situations where there is an incomplete mix between the discharge flow and the receiving water. The screening criterion included in the guidance document was also updated to clarify when thermal limits should be applied. In addition, temperature issues regarding POTW discharges to High Quality (HW)/Exceptional Value (EV) and Cold Water Fishes (CWF) streams are also addressed in the guidance. Finally, the guidance was modified to expand recommended thermal monitoring frequencies and to provide for guidance to address the maximum 2° F per hour delta requirement in 25 Pa. Code Chapter 93 (relating to water quality standards). Written Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments on the substantive revisions to this technical guidance document by January 7, 2009. The Department will accept comments submitted by e-mail, but comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. A return name and address must be included in each e-mail transmission. Written comments should be submitted to Thomas Starosta, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation, Division of Planning and Permits, P. O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774, firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact: Questions regarding the technical guidance document should be directed to Thomas Starosta at (717) 787-4317, email@example.com. Effective Date: Upon publication of notice as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
DEP ID: 383-2127-103. Title: Permitting of Bulk Water Hauling Systems. Description: The Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Regulations (25 Pa. Code Chapter 109 (relating to safe drinking water)) define a bulk water hauling system as a public water system which provides water piped into a carrier vehicle and withdrawn by a similar means into the user's storage facility or vessel. The term includes, but is not limited to, the sources of water, treatment, storage or distribution facilities. The term does not include a public water system which provides only a source of water supply for a bulk water hauling system. All systems that meet the definition of a bulk water hauling system are required to obtain a public water supply permit as outlined in § 109.1005(d) (relating to permit requirements). This guidance document includes substantive revisions to provide a clearer description of systems which are bulk water hauling systems. The revised guidance also clarifies when systems are required to obtain a permit and what information should be included in a complete permit application. The guidance document also specifies those situations where a permit may be rescinded or amended. Written Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments on this draft technical guidance document by December 8, 2008. The Department will accept comments submitted by e-mail, but comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. A return name and address must be included in each e-mail transmission. Written comments should be submitted to Godfrey C. Maduka, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation, P. O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774, firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact: Questions regarding the draft technical guidance document should be directed to Godfrey C. Maduka at (717) 787-8184, email@example.com. Effective Date: Upon publication of notice as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
Notice to Rescind Technical Guidance:
DEP ID: 291-3350-001. Title: Monitoring and Reporting Methodology for Individuals Occupationally Exposed to Medical X-rays While Wearing Protective Apparel. Description: On 37 Pa.B. 473 (January 27, 2007), the Department published notice of the availability of draft document No. 291-3350-001 for public comment. The document was intended to provide guidance concerning the reporting of occupational exposure resulting from diagnostic X-ray procedures and included alternate ways to determine doses to individuals who receive exposure from medical X-ray radiation, while wearing protective apparel. Since the document was issued as draft, the Department received Agreement State status from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The Department has incorporated the regulations of the NRC, as well as its guidance to ensure program compatibility and regulatory consistency. Since the NRC has preexisting guidance covering the same issues covered by the draft technical guidance, the Department has decided to rescind draft technical guidance document No. 291-3350-001 and will use the NRC's guidance which is contained in Regulatory Information Summary (RIS) 2002-06 ''Evaluating Occupational Dose for Individuals Exposed to NRC-Licensed Material and Medical X-rays.'' Contact: Dave Allard, Director, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Radiation Protection, P. O. Box 8469, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8469, (717) 787-2480, firstname.lastname@example.org. Effective Date: November 8, 2008.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-2026. Filed for public inspection November 7, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]
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