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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-1489



Virtual Public Hearing and Virtual Business Meeting

[50 Pa.B. 5995]
[Saturday, October 31, 2020]

 The Delaware River Basin Commission (Commission) will hold a virtual public hearing on Thursday, November 12, 2020. A virtual business meeting will be held the following month on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Both the hearing and the business meeting are open to the public. In light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) mitigation measures in effect for Commission member states, both meetings will be conducted remotely. Check the Commission's web site at, on or after October 28, 2020, for details about the meeting formats and how to attend.

Public hearing. The Commission will conduct the public hearing remotely on November 12, 2020, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Hearing items will include draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges and other projects that could have a substantial effect on the basin's water resources. The list of draft dockets scheduled for hearing, including project descriptions, will be posted on the Commission's web site at, in a long form of this notice at least 10 days before the hearing date.

 Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on November 12, 2020, will be accepted through 5 p.m. on November 17, 2020.

 The public is advised to check the Commission's web site periodically prior to the hearing date, as items scheduled for hearing may be postponed if additional time is needed to complete the Commission's review, and items may be added up to 10 days prior to the hearing date. In reviewing docket descriptions, the public is also asked to be aware that the details of projects may change during the Commission's review, which is ongoing.

Public meeting. The virtual public business meeting on December 9, 2020, will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include: adoption of the minutes of the Commission's September 10, 2020, business meeting; announcement of upcoming meetings and events; a report on hydrologic conditions; reports by the Executive Director and the Commission's General Counsel; and consideration of any items for which a hearing has been completed or is not required. At the business meeting on December 9, 2020, the latter may include but are not limited to: possible Commission action on the findings and recommendations of the Hearing Officer in the matter of Docket D-2017-009-2 for the Gibbstown Logistics Center Dock 2; and resolutions for the minutes (a) authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a contract for analytical services for toxicity testing from surface water samples collected in the Delaware River Estuary; and (b) amending the Administrative Manual—Bylaws, Management and Personnel regarding approved holidays.

 After all scheduled business has been completed and as time allows, the business meeting will be followed by up to 1 hour of open public comment.

 There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the December 9, 2020, business meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on November 12, 2020, or a previous date. Commission consideration on December 9, 2020, of items for which the public hearing is closed may result in approval of the item (by docket or resolution) as proposed, approval with changes, denial or deferral. When the Commissioners defer an action, they may announce an additional period for written comment on the item, with or without an additional hearing date, or they may take additional time to consider the input they have already received without requesting further public input. Any deferred items will be considered for action at a public meeting of the Commission on a future date.

Advance sign-up for oral comment. Individuals who wish to comment on the record during the public hearing on November 12, 2020, or to address the Commissioners informally during the open public comment portion of the meeting on December 9, 2020, are asked to sign up in advance through EventBrite. Links to EventBrite for the public hearing and the business meeting will be available at at least 10 days before the public hearing. For assistance contact Patricia Hausler at

Submitting written comment. Written comment on items scheduled for hearing may be made through the Commission's web-based comment system, a link to which is provided at Use of the web-based system ensures that all submissions are captured in a single location and their receipt is acknowledged. Exceptions to the use of this system are available based on need, by writing to the attention of the Commission Secretary, Delaware River Basin Commission, P.O. Box 7360, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360. For assistance in using the web-based comment system contact Patricia Hausler at

Accommodations for special needs. Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act who wish to attend the meeting or hearing should contact the Commission Secretary directly at (609) 883-9500, Ext. 203 or through the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) at 711, to discuss how the Commission can accommodate their needs.

Additional information and contacts. Additional public records relating to hearing items may be examined at the Commission's offices by appointment by contacting Denise McHugh, (609) 883-9500, Ext. 240. For other questions concerning hearing items contact David Kovach, Project Review Section Manager, at (609) 883-9500, Ext. 264.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-1489. Filed for public inspection October 30, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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