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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 05-366


Availability of Technical Guidance

[35 Pa.B. 1476]

   Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) website: (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 2005.

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--Minor Revision

   DEP ID: 383-3130-108. Title: New Source Sampling Requirements for Surface Water Sources. Description: This guidance provides information to public water suppliers concerning the minimum sampling requirements for new surface water sources under the Commonwealth's drinking water management programs. The guidance was first issued on September 1, 1997, under the authority of Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act (35 P. S. §§ 721.1--721.17) and 25 Pa. Code Chapter 109 (relating to safe drinking water). Minor revisions were recently made to the guidance to incorporate regulatory requirements contained in the Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule and the Safe Drinking Water; Radionuclides Rules, which were promulgated at 31 Pa.B. 3895 (July 1, 2001) and 34 Pa.B. 1762 (April 3, 2004), respectively. These revisions include the addition of sampling and monitoring requirements for the maximum contaminant levels of HAA5 (Five Haloacetic Acids, the total of Monochloroacetic Acid, Dichloroacetic Acid, Trichloroacetic Acid, Monobromoacetic Acid and Dibromoacetic Acid) and Radium-226, Radium-228, Uranium and total organic carbon. Contact: Tom Franklin,Bureau of Water Supply and Wastewater Management, (717) 783-1820, Effective Date: February 26, 2005.

Draft Technical Guidance

   DEP ID: 563-2000-655. Title: Surface Water Protection--Underground Bituminous Coal Mining Operations. Description: This draft guidance describes procedures for protecting perennial and intermittent streams and wetlands from potential adverse effects caused by underground bituminous coal mining operations. It replaces existing technical guidance document No. 563-2000-655: Perennial Stream Protection, which pertains only to the protection of perennial streams. The draft guidance reflects changes in stream protection that carry over from the 1999 amendments to the Department's water quality regulations (25 Pa. Code Chapters 93 and 96 (relating to water quality; and water quality standards implementation)) and two recent Environmental Hearing Board decisions regarding plans for mining beneath streams. The draft guidance consolidates the applicable requirements of 25 Pa. Code Chapters 86, 89, 93, 96 and 105 into a single document, so that they can be easily referenced and understood by mine operators and Department staff. Written Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments on draft technical guidance document No. 563-2000-655 by March 28, 2005. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. The Department will accept comments submitted by e-mail. A return name and address must be included in each e-mail transmission. Written comments should be submitted to Harold Miller, P. G., Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, P. O. Box 8461, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461 or by e-mail at RA-EPBMRGUIDE@STATE. PA.US. Questions regarding the draft technical guidance document should be directed to Harold Miller, (717) 783-1199,


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 05-366. Filed for public inspection February 25, 2005, 9:00 a.m.]

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