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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-676


Availability of Technical Guidance

[38 Pa.B. 1780]
[Saturday, April 12, 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: 391-2000-014. Title: Policy and Procedure for Evaluating Wastewater Discharges to Intermittent and Ephemeral Streams, Drainage Channels and Swales and Storm Sewers. Description: This document provides guidance on the Department's process for evaluating and permitting wastewater discharges to intermittent and ephemeral streams, drainage channels and swales and storm sewers. Substantive changes were made to the guidance to incorporate requirements into the planning and permitting process activities associated with the above wastewater discharges. Major revisions to the guidance include the following:

   *  For any new discharge that does not meet the definition of a Small Flow Treatment Facility (SFTF), easements from affected property owners will be required when the treated wastewater will flow over land that is not owned by the permittee.

   *  Flow Equalization and technology-based treatment requirements equivalent to tertiary treatment will apply, except for SFTFs.

   *  A demonstration that the receiving channel can convey the additional flow (channel conveyance analysis) will be required, except for SFTFs.

   Notice of the substantive revisions to the technical guidance document was published at 37 Pa.B. (July 28, 2007), edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin at 37 Pa.B. 4142, with provision for a 30-day public comment period that concluded on August 27, 2007. The Department did not receive any public comments during the comment period, however, the Department made changes to the final document to enhance its clarity. Specifically, references to ''dry streams'' were removed or identified as an inappropriate term. Clarity was added to the Avoidance Criteria section on page 5 of the technical guidance document to identify that the feasibility of moving a discharge point should be evaluated by the applicant. Contact: Questions regarding the technical guidance document should be directed to Thomas Starosta, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 11th Floor, P. O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774, (717) 787-4317, Effective Date: April 12, 2008.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-676. Filed for public inspection April 11, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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