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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 96-1539


Availability of Technical Guidance

[26 Pa.B. 4471]

   DEP publishes a list of its technical guidance documents in its Technical Guidance Document Inventory twice a year. The most recent Inventory was published June 1996. This Inventory is also posted on DEP's World Wide Web page. DEP's Web address is To go to the location of the Inventory once on the DEP home page, persons should choose the following path:  1)  Public Participation Center, 2)  Status of Legislation, Regulations and Policies, 3)  Recently Finalized Regulations and Policies and 4)  Technical Guidance Document Inventory. Persons can order a copy of the latest Inventory or a copy of any of the final documents listed on the Inventory by calling Elwyn Inc. (the printer) at 1 (800) 804-4020 if calling in Pennsylvania or (610) 497-5841 (note this new number) if calling from outside Pennsylvania.

   Once a year on the first Saturday in August, the Governor's Office publishes a list of the nonregulatory guidance documents of all State agencies in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The first publication of this list was in the August 3, 1996 edition of the Bulletin.

   In the interim, DEP announces changes to its technical guidance documents in its weekly newsletter, the UPDATE and the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Here is the current list of recently finalized documents, draft documents and notices of intended changes to technical guidance.

   Persons who have any questions or comments should call Nina Huizinga at (717) 783-8727.

Final Technical Guidance Documents

   DEP ID:  012-1920-001 Title:  Public Participation in the Development of Regulations and Technical Guidance Description:  DEP will ensure that all guidance documents and regulations are developed with effective participation by the public during all steps in the process. Page Length:  8 pages Location:  Vol. 1, Tab. 3A Contact: Barbara Sexton at (717) 783-8727.

   DEP ID:  563-2000-204 Title:  Homeowner Notification of Right to Pre-Blast Survey (industrial minerals) Description:  DEP will ensure, by verifiable record, that each home/structure owner has received notification of their right to obtain a pre-blast survey. Page Length:  2 pages Location:  Vol. 12, Tab 108A (BMR PGM Section VIII, Part 2, Subpart 4) Contact:  Michael Getto at (717) 787-7846.

   DEP ID:  563-2000-223 Title:  Review Process for the Approval of Bituminous Coal Blast Plan Description: This guidance standardizes the review process and approval methods for bituminous coal blast plans. Page Length:  3 pages Location:  Vol. 12, Tab 59 (BMR PGM Section II, Part 2, Subpart 23) Contact:  Michael Getto at (717) 787-7846.

Draft Guidance

   DEP ID:  012-0900-002 Draft Title:  Electronic Copies of Technical Guidance Background:  In addition to paper copies of DEP's technical guidance documents, DEP is converting all of its guidance to electronic media. DEP will make both draft and final documents available on the World Wide Web. This document (directed to staff) outlines implementation stages for electronic conversion and procedures for placing and monitoring documents on the Web. Anticipated Effective Date:  September 20, 1996 Deadline for Comments:  September 1, 1996 Contact: Nina Huizinga at (717) 783-8727.

Notice of Intent to Revise Technical Guidance

   Draft Title:  Pennsylvania Drinking Water Information System (PADWIS) Inventory Users Manual Background: The computerized inventory of regulated public water supplies has changed from a batch system on a contractor's computer with paper forms data entry to a user friendly on-line system on the Department's DEC computer. Also, many enhancements have been made to the inventory in response to program and user needs. These changes have resulted in the need for a substantial modification to the users manual which is used by field operations staff to maintain the public water system inventory in the PADWIS. Anticipated Effective Date:  January 1997 Anticipated Draft Development Date:  October 1, 1996 Proposed Development and Review Process:  The Water Supply and Community Health (WSCH) Field Operations staff are to be involved in the review. Revisions to this manual were developed with significant input from the field staff, who are the primary users of the system. Contact:  Barry Greenawald or Donna Green at (717) 772-4018.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 96-1539. Filed for public inspection September 13, 1996, 9:00 a.m.]

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