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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-364


Availability of Technical Guidance

[27 Pa.B. 1202]

Governor's Office List

   Once a year on the first Saturday in August, the Governor's Office publishes a list of the nonregulatory guidance documents of all State agencies in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The first publication of this list was in the August 3, 1996 edition of the Bulletin.

DEP's Technical Guidance Document Inventory

   DEP publishes a list of its technical guidance documents in its Technical Guidance Document Inventory twice a year. The most recent edition of the Inventory is the December 1996 edition. One version of the list of the documents contained in this edition is now available on DEP's World Wide Web site. DEP's Web address is To go to the location of the Inventory once on the DEP home page, persons should choose the Public Participation Center, scroll down to the ''Technical Guidance Document'' heading and (under this heading) click on ''Basic Inventory.''

   Bound paper copies of the Inventory have been printed and are available now. DEP automatically mails a paper copy of the December 1996 Inventory to persons who received a bound paper copy of the June 1996 Inventory. Persons who wish to add their address to the mailing list should call Nina Huizinga at (717) 783-8727.

DEP's Technical Guidance Documents on the World Wide Web

   DEP's Web address is To go to the location of DEP's Technical Guidance Documents once on the DEP home page, persons should choose the Public Participation Center. The Center contains several links to DEP's Technical Guidance Documents. Persons should look under the heading ''Proposals Open to Comment'' for the link to ''Draft Technical Guidance.'' Persons should look under the heading ''Proposals Recently Finalized'' for the link to ''Technical Guidance.'' Persons should look under the heading ''Technical Guidance'' for one link to the ''Basic Inventory'' and a second link to ''Final Guidance.'' The final documents menu will list DEP's bureaus. Persons should click on the name of the bureau to get to the list of the documents from that bureau that are currently on the Web. Then, to get to see a document, persons should click on the ID number of the document. DEP will be adding its revised documents to the Web throughout 1997.

Ordering Paper Copies of DEP Technical Guidance

   Persons can order an unbound copy of the latest Inventory or a copy of any of the final documents listed on the Inventory by calling Elwyn, Inc. (the printer) at 1 (800) 804-4020 if calling in Pennsylvania or (610) 497-5841 if calling from outside Pennsylvania.

Changes to Technical Guidance Documents

   Between publication of its Inventory, DEP announces changes to its technical guidance documents in its weekly newsletter, the UPDATE and the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Here is the current list of recently finalized documents, draft documents and notices of intended changes to technical guidance.

   Persons who have any questions or comments about a particular document should call the contact person whose name and phone is listed with each document. Persons who have questions or comments about the Inventory, the documents on the World Wide Web, the availability of paper copies from the printer or the technical guidance document process in general should call Nina Huizinga at (717) 783-8727.

Final Technical Guidance Documents--Minor Revisions to Existing Documents

   DEP ID:  383- 3301-105. Title:  Laboratory Reporting Instructions for Chemical Contaminants in Drinking Water. Description:  This document establishes uniform instructions and protocol for implementing the drinking water reporting requirements for chemical analytical data. Page Length:  56 pages. Location:  Volume 19, Tab 2A. Contact:  Joe Hoffman at (717) 787-5017.

   DEP ID:  400-5900-103. Title:  Emergency Response Critiques. Description:  This document improves the effectiveness of the Environmental Emergency Response Program by facilitating a thorough analysis of the response shortly after the event. Page Length:  2 pages. Location: Volume 8, Tab 6. Contact:  Kris Lutz at (717) 787-5027.

   DEP ID:  400-5900-104. Title:  Policy for Authorities of the On-scene Coordinator. Description:  This guidance provides for a coordinated response involving staff from more than one program to major environmental incidents. Page Length:  4 pages. Location:  Volume 8, Tab 7. Contact:  Kris Lutz at (717) 787-5027.

   DEP ID:  400-5900-105. Title:  Guidance for Emergency Response Contracting. Description:  This document provides guidance to staff with emergency contracting authority in dealing with responsible parties and determining the appropriateness of an emergency action. Page Length:  3 pages. Location:  Volume 8, Tab 8. Contact: Kris Lutz at (717) 787-5027.

   DEP ID:  400-5900-108.  Title:  Policy for Contracting with Fire Companies or HAZMAT Teams. Description: This document guides staff with emergency contracting with a fire company or with HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) Teams. Page Length:  2 pages. Location:  Volume 8, Tab 11. Contact:  Kris Lutz at (717) 787-5027.

   DEP ID:  400-5900-109. Title:  Policy for the Emergency Authorization for Emergency Transportation and Storage of Hazardous Waste. Description:  This guidance allows for the expeditious removal of hazardous waste resulting from spills and releases. Page Length:  3 pages including appendix. Location:  Volume 8, Tab 12. Contact:  Kris Lutz at (717) 787-5027.

Notice of Intent to Rescind Technical Guidance

   DEP ID:  400-4130-001. Title:  Settlements in Lieu of Civil Penalties or Fines. Reason for Rescission:  This Policy is obsolete. It is being replaced by Department-wide technical guidance (DEP ID:  012-4180-001; Title:  Policy for the Acceptance of Community Environmental Projects in lieu of a Portion of Civil Penalty Payments). Announcement of the draft guidance 012-4180-001 appeared in the March 1 Pennsylvania Bulletin. Deadline for Submission of Comments:  March 31. Contact:  Terry R. Bossert at (717) 787-4449.

Notice of Intent to Add Technical Guidance to the Inventory

   DEP ID:  394-5402-001. Title:  Municipal Reference Document:  Compilation of Field Interpretations and Department Guidance for the Bluff Recession and Setback Act. Background:  This guidance has existed since September 1994. These interpretations and guidance are used to aid the local administration of the Bluff Recession Setback Act. Municipalities along the Lake Erie Shoreline who are charged with administering local ordinances promulgated under this act, have relied upon the Division of Coastal Programs for interpretations of this act. Effective Date:  September 1994. Page Length:  35 pages. Location:  Volume 14, Tab 12. Contact:  John Hines at (717) 772-5634 or Shamus Malone at (717) 787-2529.

Notice of Intent to Add Technical Guidance to the Inventory and Announcement of Draft

   DEP ID:  254-5401-001. Title:  Mushroom Management Manual. Background:  1) In 1983, the Department assisted in the development of a draft guidance manual for mushroom growing operations. This manual included, among other things, the best management practices for wastes produced during the mushroom growing operation. The manual was never officially adopted through regulations or policy. 2) In an effort to address existing concerns and to prevent problems related to the management of wastes produced by mushroom farming/growing operations, the Department, in cooperation with the PA Department of Agriculture, mushroom growers, academia, and the public; revised the draft manual to focus on the best management practices for waste produced during normal farming operations. Development and Review Process:  A copy of the final draft was reviewed by the Agricultural Advisory Board and discussed at a public meeting, which was attended primarily by mushroom growers. Now, the Department is announcing the availability of this draft document to the public. The Department will discuss any comments received with the Mushroom Manual Workgroup prior to finalizing the guidance. Deadline for Submission of Comments:  April 8, 1997. Contact:  William A. Pounds at (717) 787-7381 or via e-mail at


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-364. Filed for public inspection March 7, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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