Availability of Technical Guidance
[39 Pa.B. 5784]
[Saturday, October 3, 2009]
Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at http://www.depweb.state.pa.us (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.
Final Technical Guidance
DEP ID: 383-2129-004. Title: Policy for Determining When Loss of Positive Pressure Situations in the Distribution System Require One-Hour Reporting to the Department and Issuing Tier 1 Public Notification. Description: The Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Regulations (Chapter 109) require public water suppliers to report to the Department within 1 hour when they experience a situation that causes a loss of positive water pressure in any portion of the distribution system where there is evidence of contamination or a water supplier suspects a high risk of contamination. Additionally, this situation may require water suppliers to issue a Tier 1 public notification. This guidance document provides uniform instructions and protocol for responding to loss of positive pressure situations in the distribution system to ensure the protection of public health. Notice of the draft technical guidance document, including a request for public comment was published at 39 Pa.B. 1061 (February 21, 2009). A 30-day comment period was provided, which concluded on March 23, 2009. Comments on the draft guidance document were received from 8 commentators. Based on the comments received, the Department revised the guidance to expand the examples of evidence of contamination and include wavier criteria to avoid bacteriological sampling. Contact: Questions regarding the final guidance document should be directed to Lisa Daniels at (717) 772-4046 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Effective Date: October 3, 2009.
DEP ID: 383-2129-005. Title: Policy for Issuing and Removing Water Supply Warnings. Description: The Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Regulations (Chapter 109) require public water suppliers to issue public notifications that include water supply warnings during imminent threat situations (also known as Tier 1 violations or situations). This guidance document provides instructions for issuing and removing water supply warnings. This document includes the following topics: Tier 1 violations and situations, a drinking water standards and health advisory table, drinking water treatment chemicals and associated health effects, and types of water supply warnings. Notice of the draft technical guidance document, including a request for public comment was published at 39 Pa.B. 1061 (February 21, 2009). A 30-day comment period was provided, which concluded on March 23, 2009. Comments on the draft guidance document were received from 5 commentators. Based on the comments received several changes were made to the document including: deletion of the text regarding examples of loss of positive pressure situations, provided additional explanation for what water suppliers are required to do when a contaminant exceeds a health advisory level, and provided more information under the ''Do Not Drink'' and ''Do Not Use'' notice section. Contact: Questions regarding the final guidance document should be directed to Deborah Rotz at (717) 772-2190 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Effective Date: October 3, 2009.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1838. Filed for public inspection October 2, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]
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