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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 18-1075



Availability of Technical Guidance

[48 Pa.B. 4174]
[Saturday, July 14, 2018]

 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.

Draft Technical Guidance—Substantive Revision

DEP ID: 012-0501-002. Title: Environmental Justice Public Participation Policy. Description: Historically, minority and low-income residents of this Commonwealth have not had equitable opportunities to participate in decisions that may adversely impact their environment. This policy outlines opportunities for community involvement and public participation in the individual permit application process in Environmental Justice Areas. The revisions to this policy clarify how individuals living in Environmental Justice Areas may have additional opportunities to engage with the Department and permit applicants through public meetings, public comment periods, public access to permit documents and other measures in the effort to increase participation throughout decision making processes. To accurately capture the number of residents of this Commonwealth living in Environmental Justice Areas, the Department updated its definition of Environmental Justice Area to be ''Any census block group with a 30 percent or greater minority population or 20 percent or greater at or below the poverty level as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.''

Written Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments on this draft policy through Tuesday, August 28, 2018. All 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 tool at or by e-mail to Written comments may be mailed to the Technical Guidance Coordinator, Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted.

Contact: Questions regarding this technical guidance document should be directed to John Brakeall at or (717) 783-9731.

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


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-1075. Filed for public inspection July 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]

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