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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-401


Availability of Technical Guidance

[38 Pa.B. 1215]
[Saturday, March 8, 2008]

   Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at (DEP Keywords: ''Technical Guidance''). The ''Final Documents'' heading is the link to a menu of the various Department bureaus where each bureau's final technical guidance documents are posted. 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 2008.

Ordering Paper Copies of Department Technical Guidance

   The Department encourages the use of the Internet to view and download technical guidance documents. When this option is not available, persons can order a paper copy of any of the Department's draft or final technical guidance documents by contacting 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: 383-3301-107. Title: Laboratory Reporting Instructions for Lead and Copper under the Lead and Copper Rule. Description: This guidance, issued on February 1, 1999, provides instructions to community and nontransient, noncommunity water systems and certified laboratories for the reporting of drinking water lead and copper tap monitoring results as required by the Federal Lead and Copper Rule, published on June 7, 1991, and as implemented in 25 Pa. Code Chapter 109, Subchapter K (relating to lead and copper). Minor revisions to this rule became effective on August 10, 2002 (32 Pa.B. 3894). This guidance was revised to incorporate changes to reporting requirements under the revised regulations and to incorporate additional changes that were necessary for the Commonwealth to obtain primacy for the Lead and Copper Rule. Notice of the draft technical guidance was published in the 36 Pa.B. 1455 (March 25, 2006), with provision for a 30-day public comment period that concluded on April 25, 2006. The Department did not receive any public comments during the comment period, the Department made changes to the final document to enhance its clarity. Specifically, in sections 1, 3, 4 and 7 the statement, ''both the lead and copper analyses must be conducted by the same lab'' was added to clarify the instructions and to prevent future reporting errors. In sections 3 and 4, clarification was made that any result that is less than the EPA specified Practical Quantification Level (PQL) should report the result as zero. On Table 1 in section 7, PQL levels were added and approved methods were updated to be consistent with the Method Update Rule published by EPA in March 2007. Section 8 was added to clarify how to calculate the 90th percentile value. Contact: Dawn Hissner, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 11th Floor, P. O. Box 8467, Harrisburg, PA 17105 (717) 787-0130; Effective Date: March 8, 2008.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-401. Filed for public inspection March 7, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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