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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 98-930


Public Notice of Proposed Strategy, NPDES Permit and Water Quality Management Part II Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)

[28 Pa.B. 2728]

   The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) has developed a strategy and permit documents proposed to regulate Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in this Commonwealth. By this notice, the Department seeks public comments on the proposed strategy, NPDES Permit, Water Quality Management Part II Permit and other related documents. The documents set forth the definitions used to classify animal operations as CAFOs, the design and construction standards for CAFO manure storage facilities and requirements for the safe application of animal manure generated by these facilities. In addition, the documents outline public participation requirements prior to Department action on permit applications and establish requirements for proper operation and maintenance of CAFOs. The strategy and permit documents being proposed are the result of input from a workgroup formed to help the Department formulate these documents.

   The draft strategy and permit documents are on file in the Department's Central Office in the Division of Wastewater Management, Bureau of Water Quality Protection at the location noted as follows. The documents package can be obtained by writing to the following address or by calling Mary Miller at the following telephone number: Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Quality Protection, Division of Wastewater Management, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8774--11th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774, (717) 787-8184.

   Copies are also available by e-mail to: Patel.ratilal@, or by visiting DEP's Website at http// (choose Information by Subject/Water Management/CAFO).

   The Department invites public comments on the proposed strategy and permit documents package. All comments must be received by August 13, 1998. Only the comments and testimony received by August 13, 1998, will be considered in the formulation of the final requirements for regulating CAFOs. Persons wishing to comment should include their name, address and telephone number and a concise statement to inform the Department of the exact basis of the comment and the relevant facts upon which it is based.

   Public meetings/hearings have been scheduled to provide additional opportunity for public discussion and comment. Each session will begin with a public information meeting where the Department will explain the proposal and respond to questions. The public meeting will be followed by a public hearing where witnesses may submit testimony regarding the proposal.

   July 14, 1998--6:30 p.m. Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster, PA

   July 20, 1998--6:30 p.m. Northern Bedford High School, Route 36, Bedford, PA

   July 28, 1998--7 p.m. DEP Northcentral Regional Office, 208 W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Williamsport, PA

Oral and Written Comments

   Persons wishing to present testimony at the hearing portion of any of the meeting/hearings are requested to contact Mary Miller, DEP Bureau of Water Quality Protection, P. O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477, (717) 787-8184, at least 1 week in advance of the hearing to reserve a time to present testimony. Oral testimony is limited to 10 minutes for each witness. Witnesses are requested to submit three written copies of their oral testimony to the hearing chair at the hearing. Each organization is limited to designating one witness to present testimony on its behalf.

   Persons with a disability who wish to attend a hearing and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation in order to participate should contact Mary Miller or the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1 (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or 1 (800) 654-5988 (voice users) to discuss how their needs may be accommodated.

   Written comments may be submitted to the above address in place of or in addition to oral testimony. The comments will also be accepted by electronic mail at the e-mail address above. Comments will not be accepted by facsimile or on voice mail. Following the specified comment period, the Department will review all submitted comments, prepare a comment and response document and prepare a final documents package. Availability of the final strategy and permit documents will be announced in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-930. Filed for public inspection June 12, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]

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