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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-1458



Availability of Technical Guidance

[50 Pa.B. 5920]
[Saturday, October 24, 2020]

 Technical guidance documents (TGD) 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 TGDs are posted. The ''Technical Guidance Draft Documents'' heading is the link to the Department's draft TGDs.

Ordering Paper Copies of Department Technical Guidance

 The Department encourages the use of the Internet to view and download TGDs. When this option is not available, persons can order a paper copy of any of the Department's draft or final TGDs 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 TGDs

 Following is the current list of recent changes. Persons who have questions or comments about a particular document should contact the person whose name and phone number are listed with each document.

Draft Technical Guidance: Withdrawal

DEP ID: 012-0501-002. Title: Environmental Justice Public Participation Policy. Description: The Department conducted a process of revising the Environmental Justice (EJ) Public Participation Policy (Policy) that was released for public comment in 2018. The Policy focused on enhancing public participation during permit reviews for specific trigger permits that warranted additional public input and engagement in specific geographic areas, that is, EJ areas. The draft Policy included several revisions and updates but continued to focus solely on public engagement in the permitting process.

 Comments received during the public comment period suggested that the Policy extend beyond enhancing outreach during the permit review process. After reviewing all comments received, the Department has decided to withdraw the Policy to develop a Policy that will focus on integrating EJ into other Department practices and policies to provide tangible benefits to communities. The Department is focused on incorporating a community engagement process to ensure inclusive community voice around its creation. The Policy is proposed to include: revised EJ areas/population definition; interagency collaboration and EJ planning; EJ mapping, resource and data development; grantmaking practices around EJ; translation processes; and EJ training for Department staff and external partners.

Contact: Questions regarding this TGD can be directed to Allison Acevedo at or (484) 250-5818.

Effective Date: November 2, 2020


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-1458. Filed for public inspection October 23, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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