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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 11-1611


Extension of Pennsylvania National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations General Permit (PAG-12)

[41 Pa.B. 5041]
[Saturday, September 17, 2011]

 Under The Clean Streams Law (35 P. S. §§ 691.1—691.1001) and sections 1905-A, 1917-A and 1920-A of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §§ 510-5, 510-17 and 510-20), the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is, by this notice, extending for an additional 18 months the availability of the current National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit (PAG-12) for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). The current PAG-12 permit is scheduled to expire at midnight on September 30, 2011. This 18-month extension will be effective on October 1, 2011, and will expire at midnight on March 31, 2013.

 The Department is extending the availability of this permit to provide additional time for the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region III office and the Department to complete coordination on the renewal of PAG-12, to provide the Department time to revise the permit application and supporting materials and to provide time for outreach to permittees and the regulated community. By this notice, the Department also is extending all existing PAG-12 permit approvals. Existing operators of regulated CAFOs who are using the general permit are authorized to continue to operate in accordance with the terms and conditions of the general permit. Included in this extension is the requirement on the part of the Department to continue implementation of the existing program and of the permittees to provide the required notifications to municipalities and reports to the Department.

 Permittees covered by an individual permit shall continue to implement the requirements of their permit and shall request a renewal of coverage based on the expiration date and terms and conditions of their permit.

 The existing PAG-12 permit documents will continue to be available from the Department's regional offices until they are replaced or updated. In addition, the permit documents are on file at the Department's Bureau of Watershed Management, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, 10th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101. This package also is available on the Department's web site at (DEP Keyword: PAG-12).

 The permit documents can also be obtained by contacting Penda Powell at or (717) 772-5807. Persons with a disability may use the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 11-1611. Filed for public inspection September 16, 2011, 9:00 a.m.]

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