Public Notice of Draft NPDES General Permit for Discharges from Hydrostatic Testing of Tanks and Pipelines (PAG-10)
[51 Pa.B. 6706]
[Saturday, October 23, 2021]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is announcing the availability of a draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges from Hydrostatic Testing of Tanks and Pipelines (PAG-10). The draft General Permit and related documents are available on the Department's eLibrary at www.depgreenport.state.pa.us/elibrary/ (select ''Permit and Authorization Packages,'' then ''Clean Water,'' then ''PAG-10 NPDES General Permit for Discharges from Hydrostatic Testing of Tanks and Pipelines (NOI) 3800-PM-BCW0173'').
The PAG-10 General Permit is intended to provide NPDES permit coverage for the discharge of water used for the hydrostatic testing of existing or proposed tanks or pipelines, regardless of the contents of the tanks or pipelines. The General Permit may not be used to cover other types of discharges. The proposed Notice of Intent (NOI) fee is $2,500, to be paid in $500 annual increments.
The following substantive changes are proposed in the draft PAG-10 General Permit in comparison to the PAG-10 General Permit that is currently in effect, which has been administratively extended to July 10, 2022:
• Existing permittees must submit an NOI for continued coverage under the General Permit; the annual report will no longer be used to renew coverage.
• Permittees may opt to use best management practices other than those identified in the General Permit for preventing accelerated erosion from hydrostatic test water discharges if approved by the Department.
Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding the draft PAG-10 General Permit and associated documents through Monday, November 22, 2021. 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 www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Written comments submitted during the 30-day comment period will be retained by the Department and considered when finalizing the General Permit. The Department will provide an opportunity for any interested person or group of persons, any affected state, any affected interstate agency, the United States Environmental Protection Agency or any interested agency, to request or petition for a public hearing with respect to the draft PAG-10 General Permit. The request or petition for public hearing, which must be filed within the 30-day period allowed for filing of written comments, must indicate the interest of the party filing the request and the reasons why a hearing is warranted. A hearing will be held if there is significant public interest.
Questions regarding the draft PAG-10 General Permit can be directed to Sean Furjanic at email@example.com or (717) 787-2137.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 21-1767. Filed for public inspection October 22, 2021, 9:00 a.m.]
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