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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-2320


Availability of General NPDES Permit for Discharges from Hydrostatic Testing of Tanks and Pipelines (PAG-10); Public Notice

[39 Pa.B. 7154]
[Saturday, December 19, 2009]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) by this notice is renewing its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges from Hydrostatic Testing of Tanks and Pipelines (PAG-10) for a 5-year term. This General Permit is issued under the authority of The Clean Streams Law (35 P. S. §§ 691.1—691.1001), and sections 1905-A, 1917-A and 1920-A of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §§ 510-5, 510-17 and 510-20) and will expire on December 20, 2014. The General Permit will continue not being applicable to discharges into waters designated as ''special protection'' under 25 Pa. Code Chapter 93 (relating to water quality standards). The aforementioned discharges are required to be covered through an individual permit.

 Notice requesting comments on the proposed General Permit was published at 39 Pa.B. 6162 (October 17, 2009). During the 30-day public comment period, the Department only received comments from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Based on the comments, two changes were made to the General Permit. The first change added language stating that the Department will require an individual permit for the discharge if coverage under this General Permit will not be consistent with an applicable TMDL. The second change added language requiring the Department to notify permittees of the final, renewed, reissued or amended General Permit by transmitting a letter and that the permittee shall be responsible for complying with the final, renewed, reissued or amended General Permit. The Department prepared a Comment and Response document, which summarizes EPA's comments and the changes that were made in the final General Permit. The Comment and Response document is available from the Department in the final General Permit package.

 The General Permit package is available from the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation, Division of Water Management, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8774, 11th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774, (717) 787-8184 and the Department's web site at www. (DEP Keywords: ''NPDES Permits''; then select ''General Permits'').

 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).


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-2320. Filed for public inspection December 18, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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