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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-518


Availability of Technical Guidance

[27 Pa.B. 1697]

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 Pennsylvania Bulletin. The next publication of this list will be in the August 2, 1997, Pennsylvania 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. 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/Technical Guidance Document/Basic Inventory.

   Bound paper copies of the Inventory are available now for those who do not have access to the Web site. 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.

Help Protect the Environment: Use the Web and Save Trees

   DEP encourages members of the public who read these announcements in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and DEP's UPDATE and who have access to the World Wide Web to avoid the needless duplication of paper copies of DEP's technical guidance documents. Persons can download those DEP documents which are posted on DEP's Web site onto their computers and read them electronically. This method saves both paper and money.

Ordering Paper Copies of DEP Technical Guidance

   Although DEP promotes the use of electronic copies of its technical guidance rather than paper copies, there are still reasons for DEP to continue to provide members of the public with paper copies: 1) It may be more convenient to use some documents in a paper form, 2) Not everyone has access to the World Wide Web and 3) Not all DEP documents are on DEP's Web site yet. Persons can order an unbound paper copy of the latest Inventory or an unbound paper 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) 497-5826 if calling from outside Pennsylvania. Elwyn's fax number is (610) 497-5932.

   In addition, bound copies of some of DEP's documents are available as DEP publications. Persons should check with the appropriate bureau for more information about the availability of a particular document as a publication.

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 number 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.

Notice of Intent to Develop Technical Guidance--New Guidance

   Draft Title: Surety Reclamation of Bond Forfeiture Sites under Act 43 of 1996. Background: Section 4(h) of the Pennsylvania Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (PA SMCRA), as amended by Act 43 of 1996, provides a means by which a surety bonding company can reclaim a mine site where the surety's bond money has been forfeited and collected by DEP. This process involves submittal of a reclamation proposal, for review and approval by DEP, along with return of the surety's bond money in exchange for some other form of adequate financial assurance. The process provides increased opportunity for surety companies to achieve reclamation of mine sites. Anticipated Effective Date: August 30, 1997. Anticipated Draft Development Date: March 25, 1997. Proposed Development and Review Process: This policy has been going through an informal development process for several months with input from the Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Bureau of District Mining Operations and the Office of Chief Counsel. This notice begins the formal development process which will reformat the document and solicit any additional input from the previously involved staff. Input will also be actively solicited from members of the public. The resultant policy guidance will promote consistent implementation of the Act 43 amendment. Contact: Thomas Callaghan at (717) 783-8845.

Notice of Intent to Revise Existing Guidance--Correction

   The notice for the following guidance appeared incorrectly in the March 22, 1997 Pennsylvania Bulletin. The correct notice is listed here.

   DEP ID: 550-0300-001. Title: Operators Manual Background: The Operators Manual is being updated to reflect changes in areas of program responsibility. Anticipated Effective Date: January 1998. Contact: Frank Bialas at (717) 772-2199.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-518. Filed for public inspection April 4, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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