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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 05-2376


Availability of Technical Guidance

[35 Pa.B. 6954]

   Technical guidance documents are on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) website: (DEP Keyword: Public Participation). 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 2005.

Ordering Paper Copies of Department Technical Guidance

   The Department encourages the use of the Internet to view and download 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: 580-2200-011. Title: Sinking of Shafts and Slopes for Underground Mines. Description: This document identifies the safety requirements applicable to the development of shaft and slope entries to underground mines and provides guidance enabling an operator to implement the United States Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration's requirements for shaft and slope construction in lieu of requirements imposed by the Pennsylvania Anthracite and Bituminous Coal Mine Acts. The guidance is issued under the authority of the Pennsylvania Anthracite and Bituminous Coal Mine Acts, section 2(f) of the General Safety Law, The Coal and Non-Coal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Acts, sections 1915-A and 191-A of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §§ 510-15 and 510-17), and 25 Pa. Code Chapters 87--89, 207 and 210. Notice of availability of the draft document, under the title of ''Safety Requirements for Construction of Shafts for Underground Mines,'' with an incorrect document identification number of 580-2200-009, was published at 35 Pa.B. 3105 (May 21, 2005). The public comment period concluded on June 20, 2005. The Department received comments on the draft guidance from the Pennsylvania Coal Association. Those comments were addressed by the Department and can be found, along with the Department's responses, in a Department-prepared ''Comment and Response'' document, which is available on the Department's website at the address indicated previously. Contact: Questions concerning this technical guidance document should be directed to Joseph A. Sbaffoni, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Deep Mine Safety, Fayette County Health Center, 100 New Salem Road, Room 167, Uniontown, PA 15401, (724) 439-7469, Effective Date: December 24, 2005.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 05-2376. Filed for public inspection December 23, 2005, 9:00 a.m.]

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