Pennsylvania Code & Bulletin

• No statutes or acts will be found at this website.

The Pennsylvania Bulletin website includes the following: Rulemakings by State agencies; Proposed Rulemakings by State agencies; State agency notices; the Governor’s Proclamations and Executive Orders; Actions by the General Assembly; and Statewide and local court rules.

PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 13-1120


Availability of Technical Guidance

[43 Pa.B. 3421]
[Saturday, June 22, 2013]

 Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at The ''Technical Guidance 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 ''Technical Guidance Draft Documents'' heading is the link to the Department's draft technical guidance documents.

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—New Guidance

DEP ID: 563-2112-115. Title: Developing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits for Mining Activities. Description: This guidance describes the procedures for establishing effluent limitations and permit conditions for NPDES permits for mine sites. It provides direction for consistency with the regulatory requirements and focuses on the factors to consider for mine sites including acid mine drainage, stormwater related to the mining activity and site specific reasonable potential analysis for mines. The guidance is the product of industry outreach, interaction with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and internal review. It was made necessary as a result of enhanced oversight by EPA, which identified elements of the NPDES permitting process which were poorly documented. During the public comment period, we received 24 comments from three commentators—no significant policy issues were raised.

 Comments were submitted by three commentators. A comment and response document has been prepared and is posted in the eLibrary.

Contact: Questions regarding this action should be directed to Bill Allen at (717) 783-9580 or

Effective Date: June 22, 2013

Draft Technical Guidance Document—Substantive Revision

DEP ID: 012-0900-003. Title: Policy on Public Participation in the Permit Review Process. Description: Public participation is an integral part of environmental decision making, and it is the policy of the Department that applications for approval should provide for effective involvement of the public. It is the intent of the Department to respond appropriately and in a timely manner to all relevant comments received during the permit application review process, particularly when there is a formal public comment process. This policy establishes a framework for public participation in the permit application review process by providing consistent guidelines for how the Department encourages public participation in the review of a permit application and how it reviews and responds to comments received during the public participation process.

Written Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments on this draft technical guidance document by July 22, 2013. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail must include the originator's name and address. Written comments should be submitted to Robert Altenburg, Department of Environmental Protection Policy Office, 400 Market Street, 16th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 783-8727,

Contact: Questions regarding this action should be directed to Robert Altenburg at (717) 783-8727 or

Effective Date: Upon publication as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 13-1120. Filed for public inspection June 21, 2013, 9:00 a.m.]

No part of the information on this site may be reproduced for profit or sold for profit.

This material has been drawn directly from the official Pennsylvania Bulletin full text database. Due to the limitations of HTML or differences in display capabilities of different browsers, this version may differ slightly from the official printed version.