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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-1548


Availability of Technical Guidance

[27 Pa.B. 4968]

   Technical guidance documents are on DEP's World Wide Web site ( at the Public Participation Center. The ''June 1997 Inventory'' heading is the Governor's List of Nonregulatory Documents. The ''Search the Inventory of Technical Guidance Documents'' heading is a database of the Inventory. The ''Final Documents'' heading is the link to a menu of the various DEP bureaus and from there to each bureau's final technical guidance documents. The ''Draft Technical Guidance'' heading is the link to DEP's draft technical guidance documents.

   DEP will be adding its revised documents to the Web throughout 1997.

Ordering Paper Copies of DEP Technical Guidance

   Persons can order a bound paper copy of the latest Inventory or an unbound paper copy of any of the final documents listed on the Inventory by calling DEP 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

   Here 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 are listed with each document. Persons who have questions or comments in general should call Jonathan Brightbill at (717) 783-8727.

Final Technical Guidance--Minor Revisions

   DEP ID: 273-4130-003 Title: Guidance for Application of Regional Civil Assessment Procedure Description: Outlines the procedures to be followed for assessing civil penalties for various violations. Effective Date: May 24, 1996 Page Length: 31 pages Location: Vol 02, Tab 29 Contact: Ralph Scanlan at (717) 787-9702

   DEP ID: 560-0600-204 Title: Memorandum of Understanding Between the Office of Surface Mining and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Description: It is the Department's policy to participate in the Applicant Violator System (AVS) of the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) as a requirement of primacy. Effective Date: August 29, 1997 Page Length: 4 pages Location: Vol 12, Tab 119 Contact: Dottie Shellehamer at (717) 787-5103

   DEP ID: 562-2000-703 Title: Name Change/Licenses/Bonding Permits Description: The Bureau will coordinate bond change, license change and permit revision activities, when initiated either by the operator or when required by the Department, and systematically require various types of information in order that licenses, permits and bonds may be revised accordingly. Effective Date: August 29, 1997 Page Length: 8 pages Location: Vol 12, Tab 36 Contact: Dottie Shellehamer at (717) 783-5103

   DEP ID: 562-3000-102 Title: Inspection Description: This guidance defines the content and frequency of inspections of coal and industrial minerals mining activities. Effective Date: August 29, 1997 Page Length: 4 pages Location: Vol 12, Tab 01 Contact: Evan Shuster at (717) 787-7846

   DEP ID: 563-2112-211 Title: Completeness Review for Acceptance of Coal Mining Activity Permit Applications Description: The Department will not accept coal mining activity permit applications which are so technically or administratively incomplete that they are not reviewable in the submitted form and/or the deficiencies would preclude the Department's being able to make a final permit decision within 180 days from receipt of the applications. Effective Date: September 1, 1997 Page Length: 4 pages Location: Vol 12, Tab 51 Contact: Evan Shuster at (717) 787-7846

   DEP ID: 563-2112-214 Title: Coal Surface Mining Activity Permit Pre-Application Review Description: The Department will encourage permit applicants to request a pre-application review and field conference in order to identify major items which will need to be addressed in the formal application. Effective Date: August 29, 1997 Page Length: 5 pages Location: Vol 12, Tab 53 Contact: Evan Shuster at (717) 787-7846

Draft Technical Guidance--New Guidance

   DEP ID: 291-3100-001 Title: Instruction in Safe Operating Procedures Description: An individual who operates the x-ray systems shall be adequately instructed in the safe operating procedures and be competent in the safe use of the equipment. Effective Date: January 1, 1998 Page Length: 3 pages Location: Vol 04, Tab 07 Contact: Dennis Angelo at (412) 442-4225

Intent to Rescind

   DEP ID: 561-5500-102 Title: Public Notification of Mine Subsidence Events Description: This document provided guidance used to implement aspects of the Abandoned Mine Subsidence Assistance Act. This act and its funding expired October of 1992. Effective Date: October 1, 1997 Contact: Lawrence V. Ruane at (717) 783-9586


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-1548. Filed for public inspection September 26, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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