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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 96-1750


Proposed Revisions to NPDES General Permit PAG-2 for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities

[26 Pa.B. 5055]

   The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is proposing to modify and renew the general National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for stormwater discharges associated with construction activity (PAG-2) which was issued on October 10, 1992. This permit shall expire on October 9, 1997, unless extended by the Department.

   This general permit will apply, generally, to eligible existing and new point source stormwater discharges associated with construction activity in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania including grading, excavating, and related activities.

   The proposed revisions include minor and major modifications to the existing permit requirements and conditions. The proposed revisions are summarized below:


   1.  Filing Fees:  Proposed revisions to PAG-2 include an increase in the filing fee from $100 to $250. The proposed revision would also establish a $100 fee for permit renewals.

   2.  Maximum Acreage Limitations:  Proposed revisions to PAG-2 include eliminating the maximum acreage limitation of 25 acres for the use of a general permit. This revision will allow the Department to implement Pennsylvania's NPDES general permit requirements to be consistent with other states.

   3.  Processing Entity Approval:  Proposed revisions will require both an administrative and technical review of the permit application by the Department or a delegated county conservation district prior to the acknowledgement of the Notice of Intent.


   The proposed revisions will include permit conditions regarding operational, maintenance and inspection requirements. Activities authorized by this permit will reference special requirements for both permittees and co-permittees to file transfer agreements, maintain erosion and sediment control facilities, notification procedures for spoil and borrow areas and notification procedures for preconstruction meetings and termination of construction.

   The proposed revisions to PAG-2 have been sent to the EPA Region III Regional Administrator.

   Persons wishing to comment on the proposed revisions are invited to obtain a copy of the revised permit from and/or submit a written statement to the Chief, Permits and Compliance Section, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Land and Water Conservation, Division of Stormwater Management and Sediment Control, 11th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8555, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8555. Comments can also be sent by electronic mail to

   Comments must be submitted within 30 days from the date of this notice. The period for comment may be extended at the discretion of the Department for one additional 15-day period. Comments received within this 30-day period will be considered in the formulation of the Final Notice of Availability of Amendments to PAG-2. Comments should include the name, address and telephone number of the writer and a concise statement to inform the Department of the exact basis of the comment and the relevant facts upon which it is based. A public hearing may be held if the Department considers the public interest in holding a hearing significant.

   Following the 30-day comment period, the Department will make a final determination regarding the proposed revisions to PAG-2. Notice of this determination will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

   A draft of the permit with the proposed revisions and related documents is on file at the Harrisburg office of the Bureau of Land and Water Conservation at the location noted above. Anyone wishing to review or receive further information should write to that office or call (717) 783-7577. Persons with a disability may use the AT&T Relay Service by calling (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 96-1750. Filed for public inspection October 18, 1996, 9:00 a.m.]

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