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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 01-907


Availability of Technical Guidance

[31 Pa.B. 2744]

   Technical guidance documents are on DEP's website ( at the public participation center. The ''March 2001 Inventory'' heading is the Governor's list of nonregulatory guidance documents. 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 continue to revise its nonregulatory documents, as necessary, throughout 2001.

Ordering Paper Copies Of DEP Technical Guidance

   DEP encourages the use of the Internet to view guidance documents. When this option is not available, 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. Check with the appropriate bureau for more information about the availability of a particular document as a publication.

Changes To Technical Guidance Documents

   Following is the current list of recent changes. 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 in general should call Joe Sieber at (717) 783-8727.

Draft Technical Guidance

   DEP ID: 391-0300-002 Title: Pennsylvania's Water Quality Antidegradation Implementation Guidance Description: The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to DEP staff and to aid the regulated community and the public in understanding the implementation of the antidegradation program in this Commonwealth. Also, the purpose of the Antidegradation Program is to protect existing and designated uses of all surface waters and to protect existing quality of High Quality and Exceptional Value waters. This document describes procedures proposed for use in administering the antidegradation component of Pennsylvania's Water Quality Standards as required under the Federal Clean Water Act. It applies to all persons conducting or planning to conduct activities that may impact surface waters in this Commonwealth. The Department will be holding a series of three public meetings/hearings on this draft guidance. For more information, refer to the related announcement in today's Pennsylvania Bulletin, found under the ''Public Meetings/Hearings on Draft Antidegradation Guidance'' heading. Comment Period Ends: July 31, 2001 Anticipated Effective Date: November 1, 2001

   Note:  The guidance and meeting/hearing notice is available on the DEP website at (directLINK ''Water Quality Assessment and Standards'') Contact: Mary Houghton at (717) 787-9637 or email at

   DEP ID:  550-0300-001 Title:  Oil and Gas Operator's Manual Description: This manual provides an overview of statutes and regulations of DEP and other agencies, DEP guidance and procedures, and recommended practices for drilling wells and producing crude oil and natural gas in this Commonwealth. Anticipated Effective Date: June 30, 2001 Comment Period Ends: June 25, 2001 Contact: Ron Gilius at (717) 772-2199 or email at

Final Technical Guidance

   DEP ID:  012-5500-001 Title:  2002 Environmental Education Grants Manual Description: It is DEP's policy to provide schools, county conservation districts and nonprofit groups (with a conservation/education mission) with the information necessary to participate in the DEP Environmental Education Grants Program. This updated manual provides information on applying for an Environmental Education Grant, as well as providing potential awardees as to what is involved once an Environmental Education Grant is made. Effective Date: May 26, 2001 Contact: Sandy Titel at (717) 772-1828.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 01-907. Filed for public inspection May 25, 2001, 9:00 a.m.]

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