Comment Period Extension and Public Meetings and Hearings: Proposed Revisions to General NPDES Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (PAG-13)
[39 Pa.B. 2400]
[Saturday, May 9, 2009]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces a 60-day extension of the public comment period for the proposed revisions to General NPDES Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (PAG-13). Comments will now be accepted by the Department until July 6, 2009. In addition to the public comment period extension, the Department has scheduled three public meetings to explain the proposed changes to PAG-13 and to respond to questions from the public. Following the conclusion of the public meetings, the Department will hold public hearings to accept testimony on the proposed amendments to PAG-13. The public meetings will be held from 3 p.m.--4 p.m. and the public hearings will begin at 4 p.m. on the dates indicated.
June 16, 2009 Department of Environmental Protection
Southwest Regional Office
Waterfront Conference Room A and B
400 Waterfront Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745
NOTE: Contact Deborah Filbert at (412) 442-4095 at least 2-3 days prior to the public meeting and hearing to obtain security passes for access to the building. June 18, 2009 Department of Environmental Protection
Southeast Regional Office
Delaware and Schuylkill Conference Rooms
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
June 23, 2009 Department of Environmental Protection
Southcentral Regional Office
Susquehanna Conference Room
909 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Persons wishing to present testimony at a hearing indicated previously are requested to contact the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Watershed Management, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8775, 10th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774, (717) 787-6827 at least 1 week in advance of the hearing to reserve a time to present testimony. Oral testimony is limited to 10 minutes for each witness. Witnesses are requested to submit three written copies of oral testimony at each hearing. Organizations are limited to designating one witness to present testimony on their behalf at the hearing.
Notice soliciting comments on the substantive revisions to PAG-13 was initially published at 39 Pa.B. 1749 (April 4, 2009). Revisions to PAG-13 include modifications to enhance clarity and to incorporate overall programmatic changes, including: changing the title of the protocol to the stormwater management program, modifying the field inspection of outfalls and changing the inspection rate of outfalls for renewal permittees to once within the term of the permit. Other changes to PAG-13 include provisions to facilitate the compliance of stormwater ordinance requirements included in the 2003 MS4 permit and requirements for the development of a Stormwater TMDL Plan in impaired waters with a currently approved TMDL. The Department is also proposing to increase the PAG-13 permit filing fee from $100 to $250, payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Clean Water Fund.
PAG-13 is issued under the authority of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.A. § 1251 et seq.) (act) and Pennsylvania's Clean Streams Law (35 P. S. §§ 691.1--691.1001). The current PAG-13 permit was extended by a notice published at 38 Pa.B. 4679 (August 23, 2008) and is scheduled to expire at midnight March 9, 2010. The current PAG-13 permit will continue to be in force until formal revision of PAG-13 is published as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
Written comments on the proposed revisions to PAG-13 should be submitted, by July 6, 2009, to Barry Newman, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Watershed Management, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8775, 10th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774, email@example.com. The Department will not accept comments submitted by facsimile or by voice mail.
The proposed PAG-13 draft permit is available by contacting the Department at (717) 772-6827 or ep-pag13commentsstate.pa.us. The proposed draft permit is also available on the Department's web site at www.depweb.state.pa.us (choose ''Public Participation''; then scroll down to ''Proposals Currently Open for Comment'').
Persons with a disability may contact the Department by using the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users). Following the specified comment period, the Department will review all submitted comments and testimony and prepare a comment and response document and final General Permit documents package. Availability of the final permit documents will be announced in a future issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-846. Filed for public inspection May 8, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]
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