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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 17-1260


Availability of Revised Environmental Assessment Form and Instructions for Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit Applications

[47 Pa.B. 4217]
[Saturday, July 29, 2017]

 On July 1, 2017, the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) published on its web site an updated Environmental Assessment Form (form) and Instructions for Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit Applications (instructions). See 25 Pa. Code §§ 105.3(c) and 105.15 (relating to scope; and environmental assessment).

 The revised form and instructions can be accessed through the Department's eLibrary web site at (select ''Permit and Authorization Packages,'' then ''Waterways Engineering and Wetlands,'' then ''Water Obstruction and Encroachment and Wetlands,'' and ''Environmental Assessment Form'').

 The form is used by regulated entities, consultants and the Department to evaluate the proposed environmental impact for a proposed project. The form has been revised and updated to provide more in depth discussion on the value of the resource, the potential effect the project will have on the resource, alternatives available and mitigation to offset the impacts. The revised form and instructions are intended to provide clarity and consistency in the process for completing the information requirements for a Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit application Environmental Assessment Form (3150-PM-BWEW0017) in accordance with 25 Pa. Code Chapter 105 (relating to dam safety and waterway management) for all projects.

 The revised form organizes the information into four modules for review.

 • Module 1—Program Summary

  o Discussion of project description, purpose, need and water dependency, types of resources present, and amount and type of impact proposed.

 • Module 2—Resource Identification and Characterization

  o Organization and identification of resources present and how those resources may be affected by the proposed project.

 • Module 3—Identification and Description of Potential Project Impacts

  o Details concerning the potential impacts and their effects of this project including past and potential related projects.

 • Module 4—Mitigation Plan

  o Identification and discussion about avoidance and minimization of impacts, type of mitigation to offset the impacts and monitoring to determine performance and success of the mitigation.

 Other changes include the addition of questions related to large scale projects located in more than one county in this Commonwealth and are covered by more than one single permit application will need to be addressed in the updated form.

 The Department has begun providing training through webinars and regional settings prior to the effective date of the revised form. Questions regarding this revised form and instructions should be directed to David Goerman at (717) 772-5971 or


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-1260. Filed for public inspection July 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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