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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-464


Availability of Technical Guidance

[32 Pa.B. 1586]

   Technical guidance documents are on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) website ( at the Public Participation Center page. The ''December 2001 Inventory'' heading is the Governor's list of nonregulatory guidance documents. The ''Final Documents'' heading is the link to a menu of the various Department bureaus and from there to each bureau's final technical guidance documents. The ''Draft Technical Guidance'' heading is the link to Department's draft technical guidance documents.

Ordering Paper Copies of Department Technical Guidance

   The Department encourages the use of the Internet to view guidance documents. When this option is not available, 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 the Department at (717) 783-8727.

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

Changes to Technical Guidance Documents

   Following 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 the document.

Notice of Intent to Rescind

   DEP ID: 563-2504-450. Title: Bond Adjustment/Release for Postmining Discharges. Description: This guidance has been in place since the mid 1990s. Although the underlying statutory and regulating platform is valid, the mining program no longer uses the formula for calculating costs prescribed in the guidance. This guidance will be replaced with another new guidance that focuses on bonding for postmining treatment. Effective Date: April 16, 2002. Contact: Evan Shuster at (717) 787-4924 or e-mail

Draft Technical Guidance--Substantive Revision

   DEP ID: 012-5500-001. Title: 2003 Environmental Education Grants Program Manual and Forms. Description: It is the Department's policy to provide school districts, county conservation districts and nonprofit groups (with an education/conservation mission) with the information necessary to participate in the Environmental Education Grants Program. This document continues this policy, with revisions added to the 2002 edition. Anticipated Effective Date: May 15, 2002. Comment Period Ends: April 22, 2002. Contact: Sandy Titel at (717) 772-1828 or e-mail

   DEP ID: 562-2500-702. Title: Insurance Requirements for Surface Coal Mines and Large Noncoal Mines. Description: This document describes the insurance and/or bonding requirements for surface coal mines and large noncoal mines. It is a revision of an existing technical guidance document completed in May 1997. Revisions are necessary to be consistent with recent changes to coal regulations (25 Pa. Code Chapter 86) and to assure insurance or bond protection for water supply replacement on surface coal and large noncoal mines. Insurance and bond revisions are updated to be consistent with the Department's overall implementation of a full cost bonding system. Anticipated Effective Date: June 29, 2002. Comment Period Ends: May 10, 2002. Contact: Keith Brady at (717) 787-5103 or e-mail

Final Technical Guidance

   DEP ID: 013-0830-005. Title: Suggested Formats for the Required Electronic Deliverable Attachments. Description: The Department data eStandards workgroup has worked in cooperation with the Pennsylvania eGovernment project, in conjunction with the public, to thoroughly and accurately distinguish, assess, analyze and create working standards for external and internal submission of electronic deliverables as attachments to the Department. The objective was to adopt guidelines and policies that will improve compatibility, coordination, quality and consistency for eGovernment initiatives and projects.

   This policy establishes the standards, requirements and acceptable formats for external and internal electronic attachments. The intent of this policy is to ensure the uniformity, reliability and compatibility of electronic attachments received by the Department. This will promote the enhanced use of the Department's eGovernement applications by providing the guidance necessary to successfully and consistently participate in the Department's eGovernment programs. Effective Date: March 23, 2002. Contact: Rick Bennett at (717) 705-3870 or e-mail

   DEP ID: 563-2000-001. Title: Government-Financed Construction Contracts. Description: This revised document defines and clarifies the procedures for the authorization of incidental and necessary coal extraction and for the utilization of excess spoil from an active mine for reclamation of abandoned mines under a government-financed construction contract. Effective Date: March 25, 2002. Contact: Evan Shuster at (717) 787-4924 or e-mail

   DEP ID: 580-2219-003. Title: Section 253(b)--Guidelines for Approving Roof Bolts as Primary Support. Description: The purpose of this guidance is to eliminate the risk of an accident while removing conventional timber from a roof bolt test area and to provide an alternate method for evaluating the effectiveness of a roof bolting system. Effective Date: April 1, 2002. Contact: Richard Stickler at (724) 439-4475.

   DEP ID: 580-2219-008. Title: Submission of Mine Maps When a Mine is Abandoned. Description: The purpose of this guidance is to encourage mine operators to submit final mine maps in an acceptable electronic format that is compatible with software utilized by the Deep Mine Safety Engineering Services Division. Effective Date: April 1, 2002. Contact: Richard Stickler at (724) 439-4475.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-464. Filed for public inspection March 22, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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