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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-1633


Availability of Technical Guidance

[38 Pa.B. 4958]
[Saturday, September 6, 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

   DEP ID: 385-2000-011. Title: Pennsylvania Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Policy. Description: On March 1, 2002, the Department published a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Policy to assist in meeting the goals of controlling and eliminating CSO discharges, as practical, as well as to facilitate compliance among all CSO system permittees with State water quality standards through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program. Substantive revisions were made to the policy to further enhance and support compliance with CSO and NPDES permit conditions among the regulated community. Additionally, revisions were incorporated to establish the Department's policy regarding CSO Phase III permitting to implement, as appropriate, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) April 1994 National Combined Sewer Overflow Control Policy and the subsequent Wet Weather Water Quality Act of 2000 that codified that policy.

   Notice of the interim final technical guidance document, including a request for public comment, was published at 37 Pa.B. 4841 (September 1, 2007). A 30-day public comment period was provided, which concluded on October 1, 2007. No comments were received. This policy will be reviewed and revised at least once every 5 years to reflect changes to State or Federal CSO policies. The policy applies to Department staff and CSO system permittees regarding permit requirements for CSOs and the actions necessary to achieve compliance with the requirements of the CSO Phase III Program. Contact: Questions concerning final technical guidance No. 385-2000-011 can be directed to John Wetherell, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation, P. O. Box 8467, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 11th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8467, (717) 705-0486, Effective Date: September 6, 2008.

   DEP ID: 362-5512-004. Title: Recognition of Cost Items Associated with Concurrent Act 537 and Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) Planning. Description: This document describes the treatment of costs in the calculation of Act 537 sewage facilities planning assistance grant when a LTCP has been made part of an Act 537 Official plan revision. It confirms that a LTCP, whose content responds to regulations enforced under the Federal Clean Water Act, may be part of a comprehensive Act 537 update revision document. Notice proposing this technical guidance document was published at 34 Pa.B. 2890 (May 29, 2004). A 30-day public comment period was provided, which concluded on June 28, 2004. No comments were received during the comment period. No substantive revisions were made to the guidance; however, two changes were made to enhance the clarity of the document. The first change updates the name of the Bureau responsible for oversight of the Act 537 Program from the Bureau of Water Supply and Wastewater Management to the Bureau of Water Standards and Facilities Regulation. The second change corrects grammar in the first sentence of paragraph B.3. Contact: John Diehl, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Supply and Facilities Regulation, P. O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774 (717)-787-8184, Effective Date: September 6, 2008.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-1633. Filed for public inspection September 5, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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