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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-128


Proposed Total Maximum Daily Loads for Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) and Chlordane Due to Fish Consumption Advisories

[29 Pa.B. 497]

   Section 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act, and regulations promulgated thereunder, require that states identify surface water bodies which, after the application of minimum technology based requirements, do not meet water quality standards. Section 303(d) further requires that states develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for such water bodies. A TMDL is a tool for implementing State water quality standards and is based on the relationship between pollution sources and in-stream water quality conditions. A TMDL establishes the total amount of pollutant loading that may be discharged to a surface water body while still meeting water quality standards. Where applicable, TMDLs are used as a basis for the development of water quality based effluent limits that are placed in NPDES permits and in the development of nonpoint source remediation plans, which describe needed actions to achieve water quality standards

   The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) gives notice of the availability of proposed TMDLs for PCB and chlordane due to fish consumption advisories. These TMDLs include most of the water body segments listed on the 1996 and 1998 Section 303(d) lists because of fish consumption advisories issued due to PCB and chlordane. They are listed because long-term unrestricted consumption of fish taken from the water body segment could lead to human health problems. The water body segments are listed as follows:

Waterbody Segment PCB Chlordane
Delaware River Vicinity of Callicoon, NY X
Levittown Lake Entire lake X X
Schuylkill River Felix Dam to Fairmount Dam X X
Brandywine Creek US Rt. 1 at Chadds Ford to PA/DE border X
West Branch Brandywine Creek Business Rt. 30 in Coatesville to confluence of Buck Run X X
Susquehanna River PA Rt. 92 at Falls to confluence with West Branch X
Allegheny River Lock and Dam 3 to mouth X
Monongahela River Lock and Dam 2 to mouth X X
Ohio River Pittsburgh to Montgomery Lock and Dam X X
Monongahela River Maxwell Lock & Dam to L&D 4 X X
Monongahela River Point Marion L&D to Grays Landing L&D X X
Cheat River Cheat Lake Dam to mouth X
Chartiers Creek and Little Chartiers Creek Canonsburg to mouth Below Canonsburg Lake X X
Shenango River Below Shenango Lake Dam X X
Beaver River Below New Brighton Dam X X
Lake Erie PA open waters X X
Presque Isle Bay Entire Bay X

   Persons interested in reviewing these proposed TMDLs may obtain a copy by contacting Stuart I. Gansell, Director, Bureau of Watershed Conservation, 400 Market Street, P. O. Box 8555, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8555, (717) 787-5267. In addition, the TMDLs can be viewed and printed on the DEP Website at Once on the page, choose Navigation; Subjects; Water Management; Surface Water, and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).

   Persons wishing to comment on the proposed TMDLs may do so in writing to Stuart Gansell at the previous address or by Internet e-mail ( by February 23, 1999. Comments by e-mail must include a subject heading and a return address. Comments received by facsimile will not be accepted.

   A public meeting concerning these proposed TMDLs will take place Thursday, February 11, 1999, 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Department of Environmental Protection Southcentral Regional Office, Susquehanna River Conference Room, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA. The primary purpose of this meeting is to answer questions concerning the TMDLs.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-128. Filed for public inspection January 22, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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