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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-1994


Availability of Technical Guidance

[39 Pa.B. 6289]
[Saturday, October 24, 2009]

 Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at (DEP Keywords: ''eLibrary''). 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—Minor Revision:

 DEP ID: 563-2112-657. Title: Underground Mining—Delineating Protection Zones for Public Water Supplies. Description: Technical Guidance 563-2112-657 sets forth procedures for ensuring that aquifers or portions of aquifers supplying public water supply wells and recharge areas to public water supply springs are protected from diminution by adjacent underground coal mining operations. The guidance has been in effect since October 15, 1997. The Department is amending the version of the guidance posted on the Department's web site to incorporate five drawings that were previously available only in paper format. These drawings, which have been components of the guidance since its date of issuance, are helpful in understanding key concepts described in the text. The newly posted figures include: Figure 1. ''Support Zone,'' Figure 2. ''Simplified Variable Methods,'' Figure 3. ''Hydrologic Mapping,'' Figure 4. ''Analytical Techniques'' and Figure 5. ''Calculated Fixed Radius.'' This action is intended to improve the public's access to available information and does not in any way affect the policies and procedures outlined in the October 15, 1997, guidance. Contact: Gregory Shuler, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, P. O. Box 8461, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461, (717) 783-1199, Effective Date: Upon publication of notice as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Notice to Rescind Technical Guidance

 DEP ID: 63-2112-206. Title: Beneficial Use of Coal Ash at Active Coal Mine Sites. Description: This document was replaced by two seperate TGDs, 563-2112-224 Certification Guidelines for the Chemical and Physical Properties of Coal Ash Beneficially Used at Mines and 563-2112-225 Mine Site Approval for the Beneficial Use of Coal Ash that were published as Interim Final on April 6, 2009. This TGD is no longer applicable to the program. Contact: Keith Brady, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, P. O. Box 8461, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461, (717) 787-4814, kbrady@ Effective Date: Upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 DEP ID: 560-0700-304. Title: Review of Surface Mine Applications on High Quality Waters. Description: The Department is removing this document because it has been determined that it contains inaccuracies and does not correspond to the process in place to review mining applications for the anti-degradation requirements. The Bureau's process is being revised to better reflect the regulations (25 Pa. Code § 93.41(a)—(d)). A revised Guidance Document will be written to reflect the improved procedure. This new document will be published in draft for public comment upon completion. To continue to have the current document active prior to finalizing the revised Guidance Document will result in submission of incorrect application information by operators, inappropriate review procedures by staff, public confusion and an overall increase in application review time. Contact: William Allen, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, P. O. Box 8461, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461, (717) 783-9580, Effective Date: Upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1994. Filed for public inspection October 23, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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