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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 04-565


Availability of General Permit for Beneficial Use of Residential Septage by Land Application (PAG-9)

[34 Pa.B. 1854]

   The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) issues this General Permit for use by eligible persons who apply residential septage to the land for beneficial use who are required in 25 Pa. Code Chapters 91, 92 or 271 (relating to general provisions; National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting, monitoring and compliance; and municipal waste management--general provisions), as applicable, to obtain a General Permit for the beneficial use of biosolids in this Commonwealth. The General Permit shall only be valid for eligible persons that have submitted an administratively complete application--a Notice of Intent--to the Department on the prescribed form and have met all applicable technical requirements. This general permit is issued in accordance with the Federal Clean Water Act, The Clean Streams Law (35 P. S. §§ 691.1--691.1001), sections 1905-A, 1917-A and 1920-A of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §§ 510-5, 510-17 and 510-20), the Solid Waste Management Act (35 P. S. §§ 6018.101--6018.1003) and the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (53 P. S. §§ 4000.101--4000.1904).

   Notice of proposed revisions to PAG-9 was originally published at 32 Pa.B. 377 (January 19, 2002) with a 65-day public comment period that closed on March 25, 2002. The Department made further revisions to the draft PAG-9, which were advertised for public comment. Notices for comment on the additional revisions were published at 32 Pa.B. 5213 (October 19, 2002) and 33 Pa.B. 5478 (November 1, 2003), with a 65-day and 30-day comment period, which concluded on December 23, 2002, and November 1, 2003, respectively.

   This General Permit will begin on April 3, 2004, and will expire at 12 a.m. on April 2, 2009.

   Effective April 3, 2004, this General Permit will replace the current General Permit for the Beneficial Use of Residential Septage by Land Application to Agricultural Land, Forest, a Public Contact Site, or a Land Reclamation Site (PAG-9).

   The permit documents package will be available from the Department's regional and central offices until it is replaced or updated.

   Copies of the permit documents package and comment response documents are available by contacting the Bureau of Water Supply and Wastewater Management, P. O. Box 8467, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8467, (717) 783-3795, The permit documents package and comment response documents are also available on the Department's website: (DEP Keyword:  Participate; scroll down to ''Proposals Recently Finalized'').

   Persons with a disability may use the AT&T Relay Service, (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 04-565. Filed for public inspection April 2, 2004, 9:00 a.m.]

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