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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 01-865


Availability of Technical Guidance

[31 Pa.B. 2634]

   Technical guidance documents are on DEP's world wide website ( at the public participation center. The ''March 2001 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 continue to revise its documents, as necessary, throughout 2001.

Downloading/Ordering Paper Copies Of DEP Technical Guidance

   Persons can download all guidance documents from our website at We strongly encourage utilizing Internet access if possible. If individuals do not have access to the Internet, copies of the latest inventory or an unbound paper copy of any of the final documents listed on the inventory can be ordered by calling DEP at (717) 783-8727.

   In addition, bound copies of some of DEP's documents are available as DEP publications. 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 are listed with each document. Persons who have questions or comments in general should call Joe Sieber at (717) 783-8727.

Draft Technical Guidance--Substantive Revision

   DEP ID: 550-0300-001 Title: Oil and Gas Operators Manual Description: This manual provides revisions to the existing Oil and Gas Manual, including an overview of statutes and regulations of DEP and other agencies, DEP guidance and procedures, and recommended practices for drilling wells, site management, and producing crude oil and natural gas in this Commonwealth. Anticipated Effective Date: June 30, 2001 Comment Period Ends: June 18, 2001 Contact: Ron Gilius at (717) 772-2199, or email at

Final Technical Guidance

   DEP ID: 393-2318-005 Title: Policy for Implementing the General Operating Permit Strategy for Aboveground Storage Tanks Description: The purpose of this guidance is to provide continuity and direction to DEP staff concerning the compliance with the October 11, 2000, inspection and upgrade deadline and for the implementation of the General Operating Permit Program for Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs). DEP will apply this guidance in its General Operating Permit process for large ASTs (tanks with capacities greater than 21,000 gallons) and for storage tanks with capacities greater than 1,100 gallons containing highly hazardous substance(s). This only applies to tanks that were installed (constructed) and registered with the Division of Storage Tanks prior to October 11, 1997, under Chapter 245, Subchapter C (relating to Permitting of underground and AST systems and facilities). Effective Date: Document was made effective on December 2, 2000, with a 30-day comment period provided. Contact: Ray Powers at (717) 772-5599 or e-mail

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 01-865. Filed for public inspection May 18, 2001, 9:00 a.m.]

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