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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 22-89



Public Notice of Draft Base General Permit for Short Duration Processing and Beneficial Use of Oil and Gas Liquid Waste (WMGR163)

[52 Pa.B. 419]
[Saturday, January 15, 2022]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is proposing a new base General Permit No. WMGR163 (WMGR163) under the authority of the Solid Waste Management Act (35 P.S. §§ 6018.101—6018.1003) and the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (53 P.S. §§ 4000.101—4000.1904). WMGR163 would authorize the short duration processing, transfer and beneficial use of oil and gas liquid waste to develop or hydraulically fracture an oil or gas well.

 The creation of this general permit is a result of legislation (House Bill 336) that became law (Act 70) on July 9, 2021. The language in Act 70 requires the Department, by July 1, 2022, to submit to the Legislative Reference Bureau, for final publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, a general permit under 25 Pa. Code § 287.643 (relating to registration) for use for the transfer, storage or processing of oil and gas liquid waste at temporary facilities which will be in operation for no more than 180 consecutive days at any one time.

Written Comments

 Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this draft general permit through Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the commentator's name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment system at or by e-mail to Written comments can be mailed to the Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Use ''Draft General Permit WMGR163'' as the subject line in written communication.

 Questions regarding the draft general permit should be directed to Chris Solloway, Division of Municipal and Residual Waste, Bureau of Waste Management, P.O. Box 69170, Harrisburg, PA 17106-9170, or (717) 787-7381. Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Chris Solloway at (717) 787-7381 or through the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-89. Filed for public inspection January 14, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]

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