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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-643


Availability of Technical Support

[27 Pa.B. 2082]

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 the 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 DEP at (717) 783-8727. [Note: This is a change. DEP is now filing these orders in-house. Persons who placed an order with Elwyn, Inc. (the previous printer) on or after April 15, 1997, will have their order forwarded to DEP.]

   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 or the technical guidance document process in general should call Nina Huizinga at (717) 783-8727.

Final Technical Guidance--New Guidance

   DEP ID: 364-207-008 Title: Administration of Fee Collection for Planning Module Reviews Description: This guidance establishes a standard method for calculating and collecting Act 537 planning module review fees and provides standardized models of correspondence for regional use. Effective Date: April 15, 1997 Page Length: 8 pages, including attachments Location: Volume 34, Tab 21A Contact: Milt Lauch at (717) 787-8184.

   DEP ID: 562-3200-203 Title: Fixing Water Samples Description: This guidance describes how to fix and preserve water samples when testing for a variety of constituents. This is a minor revision to an existing document. Page Length: 3 pages Location: Volume 12, Tab 09 Contact: Mic McCommons at (717) 787-4761.

Draft Technical Guidance

   DEP ID: 563-2112-217 Draft Title: Alkaline Addition for Surface Coal Mines Background: DEP will consider proposals for alkaline addition on mine sites under certain limited conditions. Deadline for Submittal of Comments: May 21, 1997 Contact: Keith Brady at (717) 783-8845.

   DEP ID: 563-2112-206 Draft Title: Beneficial Use of Coal Ash at Active Coal Mine Sites Background: This document provides the review procedures for beneficial uses of coal ash and will be used by the District Mine Offices to review coal ash permit applications and revisions at coal surface mine sites, coal refuse reprocessing sites and coal refuse disposal sites. Deadline for Submittal of Comments: May 30, 1997 Contact: Alfred Dalberto at (717) 783-8845.

Notice of Intent to Rescind Technical Guidance

   DEP ID: 562-2500-801 Title: Verification of License, Liability Insurance, Federal Reclamation Fee and Compliance Status Reason for Rescission: The guidance is no longer necessary. All of the procedures except for verification of a license are contained in other guidance documents. Verification that an operator has a valid license is done in conjunction with permit issuance. Effective Date of Rescission: April 30, 1997 Contact: Michael Terretti at (717) 787-7846.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-643. Filed for public inspection April 25, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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