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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 19-827



Availability of Technical Guidance

[49 Pa.B. 2789]
[Saturday, June 1, 2019]

 Technical guidance documents (TGD) are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at The ''Technical Guidance Final Documents'' heading is the link to a menu of the various Department bureaus where each bureau's final TGDs are posted. The ''Technical Guidance Draft Documents'' heading is the link to the Department's draft TGDs.

Ordering Paper Copies of Department Technical Guidance

 The Department encourages the use of the Internet to view and download TGDs. When this option is not available, persons can order a paper copy of any of the Department's draft or final TGDs 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 TGDs

 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 TGD: Substantive Revision

DEP ID: 385-2314-002. Title: Sewage Enforcement Officer Certification and Training Program Guidance. Description: This guidance document provides a framework for the Department's Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO) certification and training program with the goal of producing a knowledgeable and skilled SEO community to help administer the onlot sewage program in this Commonwealth. The program includes the criteria for SEO candidates who wish to become certified SEOs, the criteria for certified SEOs to maintain their SEO certification, and the criteria for lapsed or inactive SEOs who wish to reinstate their SEO certification. This document was made final upon publication at 44 Pa.B. 6147 (September 27, 2014). Major revisions to this document are now being proposed to include the following: update of contact information; incorporation of a new learning management system with an explanation of how it will affect the SEO community; change the current static 2-year certification cycle to a rolling 2-year certification cycle; phase out the opportunity to roll over seven continuing education credits into the next cycle to zero roll-over credits effective June 30, 2022; reinstate a requisite soils course as a prerequisite for the SEO certification exam; and completion of the requisite soil course by all current SEOs who have never completed a Department-approved soils course within 5 years of the proposed guidance becoming final.

Written Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments on this draft TGD through Monday, July 1, 2019. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. All comments, including comments submitted by e-mail must include the commentator's name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment tool at or by e-mail to Written comments can also be submitted to the Technical Guidance Coordinator, Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.

Contact: Questions regarding this TGD can be directed to Brian Schlauderaff at or (717) 772-5620.

Effective Date: Upon publication as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-827. Filed for public inspection May 31, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]

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