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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 01-1808


Availability of Technical Guidance

[31 Pa.B. 5616]

   Technical guidance documents are on DEP's website ( at the Public Participation Center page. The ''July 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:  562-2100-001 Title: Blasting Activity Permits and Permits-by-Rule Description:  This policy will be used to provide a consistent, standardized process, review and approval methods for blasting activity permits. It applies to all blasting activities, except those covered by permits issued under the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act and the Noncoal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act. Comment Period Ends: November 5, 2001 Anticipated Effective Date:  December 11, 2001 Contact:  Rick Lampkie at (717)787-5103 or e-mail:

   DEP ID:  562-2100-002 Title:  Alternative Peak Particle Velocity or Airblast Level Description:  This policy applies to all blasting activities and is implemented by DEP District Mining Operations staff. Upon request by blasting activity permittees, the Department may establish alternative peak particle velocity or airblast levels. District Mining Operations staff will use this guidance and shall, in a consistent manner, process, review and dispose of requests for the Department. The Department will only establish levels that with a reasonable degree of certainty will not jeopardize the safety of persons and property. Comment Period Ends:  November 5, 2001 Anticipated Effective Date:  December 11, 2001 Contact:  Rick Lampkie at (717)787-5103 or e-mail:  rlampkie@

Final Technical Guidance--Substantive Revision

   DEP ID:  400-2200-001 Title:  Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Environmental Emergency Response Plans Description:  The purpose of this document is to improve and preserve the purity of the waters of the Commonwealth by prompt adequate response to all emergencies and accidental spills of polluting substances for the protection of public health, animal and aquatic life and for recreation. The document is being revised to reflect changes in the Addendum, Section 2, Item I, Certification Requirements for Nonstormwater Discharges. References to Regulations have been updated in Table I and Procedures, Item A. Some addresses and telephone contact numbers have also been updated. Effective Date:  October 6, 2001, Contact: Charles High at (717) 787-5027 or e-mail at


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 01-1808. Filed for public inspection October 5, 2001, 9:00 a.m.]

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