Availability of Modified Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit Application and Supporting Documents for Consistency with the Pennsylvania State Programmatic General Permit 4 (PASPGP-4)
[41 Pa.B. 4255]
[Saturday, August 6, 2011]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces the modification of Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment permit application (permit application) and supporting documents for consistency with the Pennsylvania State Programmatic General Permit 4 (PASPGP-4). The permit application and supporting documents required minor revisions to remain consistent with PASPGP-4 and to reflect the changes made from PASPGP-3. The minor revisions also provide clarity and updated contact information for the applicant. No changes have been made to the General Permits. This notice is for information only and is not legally mandated and does not represent a decision or final action of the Department.
On June 3, 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published Special Public Notice—11-44, issuing PASPGP-4 for a 5-year period with an effective date of July 1, 2011. The Department published a proposed conditional Water Quality Certification under section 401(a) of the Federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.A. § 1341(a)) and a determination of Coastal Zone Management Consistency under section 307 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C.A. § 1456) for PASPGP-4 at 41 Pa.B. 2762 (May 28, 2011). The final 401 WQC and CZM Consistency for PASPGP-4 was published at 41 Pa.B. 3938 (July 16, 2011).
This action by the Corps continues the present Federal permitting process undertaken jointly with the State permitting process for activities affecting waterways, water bodies and wetlands authorized under the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act (32 P. S. §§ 693.1—693.27). PASPGP-4 places the Department Regional Offices and delegated county conservation districts in the lead for the majority of permit actions. Through the consolidation of Federal and State permitting standards in one process, the PASPGP-4 continues a streamlined process for permit applicants without compromising comprehensive environmental protection.
The permit application and supporting documents required minor revisions to remain consistent with PASPGP-4 and to reflect the changes made from PASPGP-3. The minor revisions also provide clarity and updated contact information for the applicant. The revised documents include:
Document Number Document Name 3930-PM-WM0016 Application for Transfer of Permit and Submerged Lands License Agreement 3930-PM-WM0016a Office listing 3930-PM-WM0017 Environmental Assessment Form (E.A. Form) Instructions 3930-PM-WM0017a Environmental Assessment Form (E.A. Form) 3930-PM-WM0023 Emergency Permit 3930-PM-WM0036 Joint Permit Application Instructions for a Pennsylvania Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit and United States Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Permit 3930-PM-WM0036A Joint Application for Pennsylvania Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit and United States Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Permit 3930-PM-WM0050 PASPGP-4 Cumulative Impacts Project Screening Form 3930-PM-WM0500 General Permit Registration 3930-PM-WM0500A Pennsylvania offices 3930-PM-WM0500B Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Environmental Protection offices 3930-PM-WM0500C County Conservation District offices 3930-PM-WM0511A General Permit Registration BWM-GP-11 Maintenance, Testing, Repair, Rehabilitation, or Replacement of Water Obstructions and Encroachments 3930-PM-WM0550 Request for a Bog Turtle Habitat Screening
Copies of the documents as modified may be obtained by contacting Joanne Pitman, Bureau of Watershed Management, Division of Waterways, Wetlands and Storm- water Management, P. O. Box 8775, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8775, (717) 787-6827, email@example.com. Persons with a disability may obtain these documents by contacting the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users). These documents are also available on the Department's web site at www.depweb.state.pa.us (DEP Keywords: ''Tools'' then choose ''eLibrary'' once in eLibrary, choose ''Permit and Authorization Packages'' then choose ''Water Management'' then choose ''Water Obstruction and Encroachment and Wetlands'').
MICHAEL L. KRANCER,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 11-1320. Filed for public inspection August 5, 2011, 9:00 a.m.]
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