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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-1148


Availability of Technical Guidance

[39 Pa.B. 3218]
[Saturday, June 27, 2009]

   Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site (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 2009.

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.

Draft Technical Guidance--New Guidance

   DEP ID:  563-2112-606. Title:  Procedures for Establishing the Quantity of Water in Low-Yield Wells. Background: Technical Guidance Documents ''Water Supply Replacement and Permitting'' (563-2112-605) and ''Water Supply Replacement and Compliance'' (562-4000-101) describe the use of specific capacity and peak demand tests to evaluate the quantity of a water supply. Each guidance recommends that specific capacity tests be conducted for 1 to 3 hours at a pumping rate of 5 gpm, however many domestic wells in western Pennsylvania cannot produce at this level. To address this issue, the Department is proposing alternative methods for evaluating low-yield wells that can be used during premining and postmining, and replacement water supply pump tests.

   The Department has also recognized the need for special testing procedures, which can be applied to low- yield wells that are inaccessible for water level measurements. Although these situations are rare, provisions must be made to establish the premining and postmining quantity of these water supplies. This guidance also describes appropriate procedures that may be used for testing wells under these circumstances. Written Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments on the procedures for establishing the quantity of water in low-yield wells for a period of 30 days from the publication date of this Pennsylvania Bulletin. 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 Gregory Shuler, P. G., Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, P. O. Box 8461, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461, gshuler@ Contact: Questions regarding the draft technical guidance document should be directed to Gregory Shuler, P. G. at (717) 783-1199 or Effective Date: Upon publication as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Final Technical Guidance

   DEP ID:  275-2101-007. Title:  Best Available Technology and Other Permitting Criteria for Municipal Solid Waste landfills. Description: This final technical guidance document developed under the authority of section 6.6(c) of the Air Pollution Control Act and 25 Pa. Code §§ 127.1 and 127.12(a)(5) will apply to proposed new MSW landfills or expansions of existing landfills. This BAT determination will not be applied retroactively. The BAT requirements set forth in this document will replace the current BAT guidance document for MSW landfills. A Plan Approval is required for a new MSW landfill or for an expansion at an existing MSW landfill if the estimated VOC emissions from the new facility or from the proposed expansion are greater than or equal to 2.7 tpy before installation of an air cleaning device. A Plan Approval is also required when the MSW landfill design capacity is in excess of 1 million tons. Copies of this technical guidance document are available on the Department's public participation web site at (DEP Keyword: Participate) and on the Bureau of Air Quality's web site at Contract: Virendra Trivedi, Environmental Engineer Manager, New Source Review Section, Division of Permits, Bureau of Air Quality, 12th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468. Effective Date: This technical guidance document will be effective upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1148. Filed for public inspection June 26, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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