Availability of Technical Guidance
[38 Pa.B. 405]
[Saturday, January 19, 2008]
Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) website at www.depweb.state.pa.us (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.
Draft Technical Guidance
DEP ID: 383-3301-102. Title: Laboratory Reporting Instructions for Total and Fecal Coliform Bacteria in Public Drinking Water Distribution Systems. Description: This guidance provides instructions to all public water systems and certified laboratories for the reporting of drinking water total and fecal coliform monitoring results as required by the Federal Total Coliform Rule and as implemented under the PA TCR in Chapter 109 of the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Regulations. Substantive revisions are proposed to the guidance in order to incorporate new EPA-approved analytical laboratory reporting methods for total and fecal coliform methods, as well as revisions to the Lab Responsibilities Section to achieve consistency with Chapter 109. A new section on the Department Assistance Tools is also added to the guidance document. Written Comments: The Department is seeking comments on the substantive revisions to draft technical guidance No. 383-3301-102. Interested persons may submit written comments on this draft technical guidance document by February 19, 2008. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. The Department will accept comments submitted by e-mail. A return name and address must be included in each e-mail transmission. Written comments should be submitted to Dawn Hissner, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 11th Floor, P. O. Box 8467, Harrisburg, PA 17105-84671, email@example.com. Contact: Questions regarding the draft technical guidance document should be directed to Dawn Hissner at (717) 787-0130 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Effective Date: Upon publication of notice as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
Final Technical Guidance
DEP ID: 383-3301-306. Title: Laboratory Reporting Instructions for Disinfectant Residuals, Disinfection Byproducts and Precursors. Description: This guidance provides instructions to all public water systems and certified laboratories for the reporting of drinking water disinfectant residual, chlorite, bromate, bromide, total trihalo-methanes, haloacetic acids, UV254, dissolved organic carbon, specific ultraviolet absorbance, total organic carbon and alkalinity monitoring results as required by the Federal Surface Water Treatment Rule and the Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts Rule (D/DBPR) and as implemented under the Pennsylvania Filter Rule and the D/DBPR in 25 Pa. Code Chapter 109 (relating to safe drinking water). The D/DBPR and revisions to the Pennsylvania Filter Rule became effective on July 21, 2001. This guidance was developed to establish uniform instructions and protocol for implementing reporting requirements for the contaminants regulated under these rules.
Notice of the draft technical guidance document was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on 35 Pa.B. 6383 (November 19, 2005), with provision for a 30-day public comment period that concluded on December 19, 2005. Although the Department did not receive any public comments during the comment period, the Department made changes to the final document to enhance its clarity. Specifically, in Section 2 of the document, the responsibilities of the laboratory were clarified, as well changes in Section 7 to clarify the type of documentation that must be retained by the laboratory and the duration for which it must be retained. In addition, in Section 6, the list of Analysis Method Codes was modified in order to be consistent with the Method Update Rule published by the Environmental Protection Agency in March 2007, and Bromate and Total Organic Carbon were added to the summary tables in Section 9 in order to be consistent with the monitoring and reporting revisions for contaminants under the Stage 2 Disinfectants/Disinfectant Byproduct Rule. Contact: Dawn Hissner, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 11th Floor, P. O. Box 8467, Harrisburg, PA 17105-84671, (717) 787-0130; email@example.com. Effective Date: January 19, 2008.
KATHLEEN A. MCGINTY,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-99. Filed for public inspection January 18, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]
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