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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-1088


Availability of Technical Guidance

[27 Pa.B. 3278]

Governor's Office List

   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 next publication of this list will be in the August 2, 1997, Pennsylvania Bulletin.

DEP's Technical Guidance Document Inventory

   DEP publishes a list of its technical guidance documents in its Technical Guidance Document Inventory twice a year. DEP will place the June 1997 edition of the Inventory on DEP's World Wide Web site soon. DEP's Web address is To go to the location of the Inventory once on the DEP home page, persons should choose the Public Participation Center/Technical Guidance Document/Inventory.

   Bound paper copies of the June 1997 Inventory will become available in July for those who do not have access to the Web site. DEP automatically mails a paper copy of the June 1997 Inventory to persons who received a bound paper copy of the December 1996 Inventory. Persons who wish to add their address to the mailing list should call Nina Huizinga at (717) 783-8727.

DEP's Technical Guidance Documents on the World Wide Web

   DEP's Web address is To go to the location of DEP's Technical Guidance Documents once on the DEP home page, persons should choose the Public Participation Center. The Center contains several links to DEP's Technical Guidance Documents. Persons should look under the heading ''Proposals Open to Comment'' for the link to ''Draft Technical Guidance.'' Persons should look under the heading ''Proposals Recently Finalized'' for the link to ''Technical Guidance.'' Persons should look under the heading ''Technical Guidance'' for one link to the ''Basic Inventory'' and a second link to ''Final Guidance.'' The final documents menu will list DEP's bureaus. Persons should click on the name of the bureau to get to the list of the documents from that bureau that are currently on the Web. Then, to get to see a document, persons should click on the ID number of the document. DEP will be adding its revised documents to the Web throughout 1997.

Help Protect the Environment: Use the Web and Save Trees

   DEP encourages members of the public who read these announcements in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and DEP's UPDATE and who have access to the World Wide Web to avoid the needless duplication of paper copies of DEP's technical guidance documents. Persons can download those DEP documents which are posted on DEP's Web site onto their computers and read them electronically. This method saves both paper and money.

Ordering Paper Copies of DEP Technical Guidance

   Although DEP promotes the use of electronic copies of its technical guidance rather than paper copies, there are still reasons for DEP to continue to provide members of the public with paper copies: 1) It may be more convenient to use some documents in a paper form, 2) Not everyone has access to the World Wide Web and 3) Not all DEP documents are on DEP's Web site yet. Persons can order an unbound paper copy of the latest Inventory or an unbound paper copy of any of the final documents listed on the Inventory by calling DEP's Policy Office at (717) 783-8727. In addition, bound copies of some of DEP's documents are available as DEP publications. Persons should check with the appropriate bureau for more information about the availability of a particular document as a publication.

Changes to Technical Guidance Documents

   Between publication of its Inventory, 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 about a particular document should call the contact person whose name and phone number is listed with each document. Persons who have questions or comments about the Inventory, the documents on the World Wide Web, the availability of paper copies from the printer or the technical guidance document process in general should call Nina Huizinga at (717) 783-8727.

Final Technical Guidance--Minor Revision to Existing Guidance

   DEP ID: 383-5500-213   Title: Small Water Systems Regionalization Grant Program--Guidelines and Application Procedures   Description: This guidance will apply to any county, borough, township, authority or community water system interested in applying for a Small Water Systems Regionalization Grant.   Page Length: 9 pages   Location: Volume 27, Tab 2   Contact: Fred Marrocco at (717) 787-9035.

   DEP ID: 562-4180-310   BMR PGM I:3:10   Title: Bankrupt Surety Company Bond Replacement Requirements and Civil Penalty Calculations   Description: This document details the steps staff take to inform and require operators to replace bonds where their surety company or bank has failed in business or become insolvent. The document also provides for calculation of a civil penalty for failing to replace the bond.   Page Length: 3 pages   Location: Volume 12, Tab 22   Contact: Evan Shuster at (717) 787-7846.

Notice of Intent to Add and Draft Technical Guidance

   The Bureau of Watershed Conservation is adding the following existing technical guidance documents to the Inventory. In addition, the Bureau is revising these documents. The Bureau considers the current form as a draft. Persons can view the draft at DEP's Web site/Public Participation Center/Proposals Open for Comment/Draft Technical Guidance. Persons who want a paper copy of any one of the draft documents should contact Geoffrey O. Maduka at (717) 787-5267.

DEP IDTitleDraft DateComment by
391-2000-020Protocol for Estimating First Order Pollutant Fate Coefficients for Volatile Organic Substances    9/7/957/31/97
391-2000-021Field Data Collection and Evaluation Protocol for Determining Stream and Point Source Discharge Hardness11/22/947/31/97
391-2000-022Implementation Guidance for the Determination and Use of Background/Ambient Water Quality in the Determination of Wasteload Allocations and NPDES Effluent Limitations10/18/967/31/97
391-2000-023Implementation Guidance for the Determination of Design Stream Flows10/17/947/31/97
391-2000-024Data Collection and Evaluation Protocol for Estimating Point Source Discharge Characteristics, Including Coefficients of Variation (CV)11/17/947/31/97

Draft Technical Guidance

   DEP ID: 562-4180-306   BMR PGM I:3:6   Title: Civil Penalty Assessments   Background: This document provides the guidelines for calculating civil penalties for coal mining operations. Deadline for Submittal of Comments: August 8, 1997   Contact: Michael Terretti at (717) 787-7846.

Notice of Intent to Remove Technical Guidance from the Inventory

   DEP ID: 310-2139-001   Title: Chapter 105 Dam Permit Application   Reason for Removal: This is only an application form and does not need to be kept on the Inventory. Contact: Eugene Counsil at (717) 787-6826.

   DEP ID: 310-3140-001   Title: Annual Inspection Report Form   Reason for Removal: This is only a form and provides no policy or guidance.   Contact: Eugene Counsil at (717) 787-6826.

Notice of Intent to Add Technical Guidance to the Inventory

   The following documents are applicable to several programs. These are listed under the Bureau of Waterways Engineering in addition to their listing under other applicable program areas. Contact: Eugene Counsil at (717) 787-6826.

   DEP ID: 310-0600-002   Title: Interagency Agreement with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission   Cross Reference: 363-0600-002.

   DEP ID: 310-0600-003   Title: Agreement with the United States Army Corps of Engineers   Cross Reference: 363-0600-003.

   DEP ID: 310-4000-001   Title: Enforcement Manual Cross Reference: 363-4000-001.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-1088. Filed for public inspection July 3, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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