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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-1451


Availability of Technical Guidance

[27 Pa.B. 4592]

   Technical guidance documents are on DEP's World Wide Web site ( at the Public Participation Center. The ''June 1997 Inventory'' heading is the Governor's List of Nonregulatory Documents. The ''Search the Inventory of Technical Guidance Documents'' heading is a database of the Inventory. The ''Final Documents'' heading is the link to a menu of the various DEP bureaus and from there to each bureau's final technical guidance documents. The ''Draft Technical Guidance'' heading is the link to DEP's draft technical guidance documents.

   DEP will be adding its revised documents to the Web throughout 1997.

Ordering Paper Copies of DEP Technical Guidance

   Persons can order a bound 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.

   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

   Here is the current list of recent changes. 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 in general should call Nina Huizinga at (717) 783-8727.

Final Technical Guidance--New Guidance

   DEP ID: 580-2200-008 Title: Guidelines for Use of Internal Combustion Motors in Underground Mines other than Coal Description: This document establishes procedures and criteria for the approval and use of internal combustion motors in underground mines other than coal mines. Effective Date: 8/11/97 Page Length: 3 pages Location: Volume 9, Tab 6 Contact: Matt Bertovich at (412) 439-7304.

Final Technical Guidance--Substantive Revisions to Existing Guidance

   DEP ID: 563-2100-216 Title: Permit Renewals Description: This document describes the procedures and guidelines to be utilized by the Bureau of Mining and Reclamation and District Mining Operations for the renewal of coal mine permits. Effective Date: 6/30/97 Page Length: 8 pages Location: Volume 12, Tab 55 Contact: Dottie Shellehamer at (717) 787-5103.

   DEP ID: 383-3301-205 Title: Laboratory Reporting Instructions for Radiological Contaminants in Drinking Water Distribution Systems Description: This document establishes uniform instructions and protocol for implementing the drinking water reporting requirements for radiological self-monitoring data. Effective Date: 7/28/97 Page Length: 22 pages Location: Volume 19, Tab 02B Contact: Joe Hoffman at (717) 787-5017.

Final Technical Guidance--Minor Revisions to Existing Guidance

   The Bureau of Mining and Reclamation has made formatting changes, but no substantive changes to the following documents. Persons who have questions or comments should contact Dottie Shellehamer at (717) 787-5103.

DEP ID Title
563-2000-203 Noncoal Underground Mine Permit Application
563-2112-603 Evaluation and Approval of Innovative Mining and Reclamation Techniques
563-2112-607 Marketing of Anthracite Coal Reject Materials

Notice of Intent to Rescind Technical Guidance

   DEP ID: 383-0810-111 Title: Public Water Supply Manual, Part I Background: Part I is a compilation of all the summaries of key requirements. The summaries of key requirements are available as individual documents. Additional summaries are added as new rules and regulations are adopted, making a consolidated document inefficient. Rescission Date: December 31, 1997 Contact: Trudy J. Troutman at (717) 787-0122.

   DEP ID: 363-2139-002 Title: Land Acquisition Policies Background: The Bureau of Waterways Engineering (BWE) uses these policies (DEP ID: 310-2139-002) to acquire land when the Bureau constructs flood protection projects. This same document is also listed under the Bureau of Water Quality Protection (BWQP) as 363-2139-002. However, since BWQP's Division of Waterways, Wetlands and Erosion Control does not acquire land as part of its program, BWQP is eliminating the duplicate listing. Rescission Date: September 6, 1997 Contact: Ken Reisinger at (717) 787-6827.

Notice of Intent to Develop Technical Guidance

   Draft Title: Section 268(b): Criteria for Extending Distances Between Shelter Holes under section 702 Background: Technical guidance is necessary to ensure that reasonable and consistent standards exist for the review and approval of variance requests permitted under section 268(b) of the Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Mine Act and submitted under section 702 concerning the extension of the distance between shelter holes. This guidance will establish these standards and, at the same time, will align Federal and State requirements. Anticipated Effective Date: January 1, 1998 Anticipated Draft Development Date: October 1, 1997 Proposed Development and Review Process: The technical guidance will be developed internally by DEP staff with input from potentially affected parties including labor, industry and affiliated unions, organizations and associations. The draft will be announced in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and in DEP's UPDATE newsletter for public comment. Contact: Joseph A. Sbaffoni at (412) 439-7469.

Notice of Intent to Develop Large Document and Addition to the Web in Stages

   DEP ID: 363-0400-001 Title: Chapter 105 Program Manual Background: The Division of Waterways, Wetlands and Erosion Control in the Bureau of Water Quality Protection intends to develop this manual to provide a comprehensive source of program information, references, experiences and general guidance, memoranda of understanding and other materials. The program will place this large document on DEP's World Wide Web site in stages. At this point, the program is placing an abstract of the intended contents and a table of contents on the web. Contact: Ken Reisinger at (717) 787-6827.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-1451. Filed for public inspection September 5, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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