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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-836


Availability of Technical Guidance

[38 Pa.B. 2111]
[Saturday, May 3, 2008]

   Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at (DEP Keywords: ''Technical Guidance''). The ''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 ''Draft Technical Guidance'' heading is the link to the Department's draft technical guidance documents.

   The Department will continue to revise its nonregulatory documents, as necessary, throughout 2008.

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.

Final Technical Guidance--Minor Revision:

   DEP ID: 394-0300-001. Title: Pennsylvania Coastal Resources Management Program Technical Guidance Document. Description: At 36 Pa.B. 6599 (October 28, 2006), 33 Pa.B. 426 (January 18, 2003) and 31 Pa.B. 886 February 10, 2001) the Department, as required by 15 CFR 923.84(b)(2) (relating to routine program changes), published notice that it was proposing several program changes to it's Coastal Resources Management (CRM) Program and requested public comments be submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) on whether the changes constitute a Routine Program Change (RPC). An RPC is defined in Federal regulations (15 CFR 923.84) as, ''Further detailing of a state's program that is the result of implementing provisions approved as part of the state's approval management program that does not result in (an amendment).'' Essentially, RPCs are clarifications, minor revisions or improvements that do not substantially alter one or more of the following Coastal Zone Program areas: Uses Subject to Management; Special Management Areas; Boundaries; Authorities and Organization; and Coordination, Public Involvement and the National Interest. The Department determined that the program changes constituted RPCs in accordance with 15 CFR 923 (relating to coastal zone management program regulations) and OCRM concurred with its determination.

   These previously approved RPCs are now being incorporated into the Pennsylvania Coastal Resources Management Program Technical Guidance Document (394-0300-001). The RPC changes to the Guidance Document can be categorized either as changes to state regulations, or changes specific to requirements of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act. The Guidance Document contains state regulations that OCRM approved as part of the original Program in 1980. Over time these regulations have been amended, and these amendments must also be incorporated into the Guidance Document. All the regulatory amendments that have been incorporated into the Guidance Document have been approved by OCRM, undergone public review and comment periods and have been previously published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

   Some examples of the RPC additions to the Guidance Document include:

   *  The addition of interstate consistency

   *  Boundary changes

   *  Addition of an Ocean Resources Policy

   *  Uses subject to management

   *  Special management Areas

   *  Renaming and relocation of the CRM Program

   *  Changes to the Inventory of Geographical Areas of Particular Concern.

   Detailed information on the specific changes to the CRM's enforceable policies, including the document titled the Pennsylvania Coastal Resources Management Program Technical Guidance Document (394-0300-001) is available on the Department's web site at www.dep.state. (select ''Program Reference Documents''). Contact: Questions regarding the technical guidance document should be directed to Larry Toth at (717) 772-5622; Effective Date: May 3, 2008


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-836. Filed for public inspection May 2, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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