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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 12-141



[ 25 PA. CODE CH. 77 ]

Noncoal Mining Fees; Notice of Public Comment Period

[42 Pa.B. 553]
[Saturday, January 28, 2012]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is soliciting additional public comment on proposed amendments to 25 Pa. Code Chapter 77 (relating to noncoal mining) encompassing noncoal mining fees. The proposed rulemaking amends existing permit application fees and establishes an annual administrative fee for the noncoal mining program. The proposed rulemaking was published by the Environmental Quality Board (Board) for public comment at 40 Pa.B. 4963 (August 28, 2010). During the public comment period, 19 commentators provided comments to the Board on the proposed rulemaking. In addition, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission issued comments on the proposed rulemaking on October 27, 2010. To seek further input by the public prior to the development of the final rulemaking, the Department is requesting additional comment on the proposed rulemaking, which remains unchanged from its initial publication at 40 Pa.B. 4963.

 Interested persons are invited to submit electronic or written comments on the proposed rulemaking by February 27, 2012. The Department will not accept comments submitted by facsimile. Comments should be submitted to Thomas Callaghan, Director, Bureau of Mining Programs, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8461, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461, Comments submitted electronically should reference the proposed rulemaking in the subject line of the e-mail and include the name and address of the commentator. If an acknowledgement of electronic comments is not received by the sender within 2 business days, the comments should be retransmitted to ensure receipt.

 For further information or to request a copy of the proposed rulemaking, interested individuals should contact Thomas Callaghan, (717) 787-5015, tcallaghan@ Persons with a disability may use the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service, (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users). The proposed rulemaking is also available on the Department's web site at www. (select ''Public Participation,'' then ''Public Participation Center,'' then select ''Proposals Currently Open for Comment'').


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 12-141. Filed for public inspection January 27, 2012, 9:00 a.m.]

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