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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 04-2111


Availability of Technical Guidance

[34 Pa.B. 6367]

   Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) website at (DEP Keyword: Participate). The ''Current Inventory'' heading is the Governor's list of nonregulatory guidance documents. The ''Final Documents'' heading is the link to a menu of the various Department bureaus and from there to each bureau's final technical guidance documents. The ''Draft Technical Guidance'' heading is the link to the Department's draft technical guidance documents.

   The Department will continue to revise its nonregulatory documents, as necessary, throughout 2004.

Ordering Paper Copies of Department Technical Guidance

   The Department 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 the Department at (717) 783-8727.

   In addition, bound copies of some of the Department's documents are available as Department 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 questions or comments about a particular document should call the contact person whose name and phone number is listed with each document.

Final Technical Guidance:

   DEP ID:  383-2129-002 Title:  Guidance for Evaluating Alternate Recycle Return Locations Proposed under the Filter Backwash Recycling Rule. Description: The Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule and the Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule require all systems utilizing surface water or groundwater under the direct influence of surface water to achieve at least 2-log removal of Cryptosporidium. To insure that the practice of recycling does not adversely affect the ability of a plant to meet this requirement, the Filter Backwash Recycling Rule (FBRR) requires that certain recycle flows in conventional and direct filtration facilities be returned to a location in the plant so the recycle flow passes through all of the treatment processes by June 8, 2004. The FBRR also allows the return of recycle flows to a location other than the head of the plant if the Department determines that use of the alternate location will not adversely affect the ability of the plant to achieve 2-log Cryptosporidium removal. This guidance was developed to aid permitting staff in evaluating requests to recycle to alternate locations and was issued as Interim Final Guidance at 34 Pa.B. 2890 (May 29, 2004) with provision for a 30-day public comment period, which concluded on June 28, 2004. The Department did not receive any comments on the Interim Final Guidance. The Final Guidance will apply to public water systems that utilize conventional or direct filtration and desire to recycle spent filter backwash, thickener supernatant or liquids from dewatering processes to a location other than the head of the plant. Effective Date: November 27, 2004.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 04-2111. Filed for public inspection November 24, 2004, 9:00 a.m.]

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