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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-526


General Permit WMGM038; Processing and Beneficial Use of Gypsum Wallboard

[39 Pa.B. 1448]
[Saturday, March 21, 2009]

   Under the regulatory authority of 25 Pa. Code § 271.811 (relating to authorization for general permit) of the municipal waste regulations and the statutory authority of the Solid Waste Management Act (35 P. S. §§ 6018.101--6018.1003), the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) issued a General Permit for the processing and beneficial use of unpainted and untreated standard gypsum wallboard.

   This final General Permit WMGM038 (General Permit) provides for the beneficial use of ground (that is, processed) gypsum wallboard as a component of mushroom growing media, as a soil additive material or soil amendment and allows for utilization of the backing paper as an animal bedding material. The final General Permit reduces the amount of gypsum wallboard being disposed in landfills by providing a mechanism to divert the waste to a more productive, beneficial use. This General Permit provides potential end uses under a streamlined set of operating conditions.

   Persons interested in obtaining more information or a paper copy of the final General Permit should contact Peter Arnt of the Division of Municipal and Residual Waste at (717) 787-7381. TDD users may contact the Department through the Pennsylvania Relay Service at (800) 654-5984. The General Permit document is also accessible on the Department's web site at (DEP Keywords: ''Public Participation''; then ''Proposals Open for Comment,'' or DEP Keywords ''Municipal Waste'').

   The Department will provide public notice upon final publication of the General Permit.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-526. Filed for public inspection March 20, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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