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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 17-887


Draft Pennsylvania Lake Erie Phosphorus Reduction Domestic Action Plan; Availability for Public Comment

[47 Pa.B. 3045]
[Saturday, May 27, 2017]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is accepting comments on the draft Pennsylvania Lake Erie Phosphorus Reduction Domestic Action Plan (Plan) created to assist in the elimination of nutrient pollution in Lake Erie.

 The Commonwealth is one of eight United States state governments with coastline and contributing tributaries to the Great Lakes, and one of five states that shares jurisdictional responsibilities for water quality in the Lake Erie Basin. In 1972, the United States and Canada signed the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) to provide a framework for the restoration, protection and management of the Great Lakes water resources shared between the countries. The United States and Canadian provinces fully participate in this process to assure cooperative restoration success.

 The GLWQA was amended and reaffirmed in 2012 to include a process to develop new phosphorus reduction targets for Lake Erie, which were adopted formally in February 2016, to address over-nutrification problems identified within Lake Erie and develop United States and Canadian Plans for phosphorus reductions in each country. The United States Environmental Protection Agency is developing the United States Plan that will coordinate and integrate each United States state-written Plan. The United States Plan also will include those actions to be completed by each United States Federal agency with programs that affect Lake Erie water quality. The United States and Canada are bound by the GLWQA to complete these Plans by February 2018, and the Plans will be included as components of the Lake Erie Lakewide Action and Management Plan to be completed by the end of 2018.

 The draft Plan is available on the Department's web site at

 Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding the draft Plan through Monday, June 26, 2017. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the originator's name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment system at Written comments should be submitted by e-mail to or by mail to the Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.

 Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Tim Bruno at (814) 835-1477 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TTD) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-887. Filed for public inspection May 26, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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