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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-852


Proposed Reauthorization of and Revisions to the General NPDES Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities (PAG-2)

[32 Pa.B. 2375]

   The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) by this notice is proposing to renew the General NPDES Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities (PAG-2) issued on October 10, 1997, involving 5 acres or more of earth disturbance, which shall expire on October 9, 2002, unless extended by the Department.

   The renewed general permit, as with the existing general permit, will generally apply to eligible existing and new stormwater discharges associated with construction activities including clearing and grading and excavation activities involving 5 acres or more of earth disturbance or an earth disturbance on any portion, part or during any stage of, a larger common plan of development or sale that involves 5 acres or more of earth disturbance over the life of the project.

   The proposed reauthorization relates to the Phase I (5 acres or more) permit requirements only and does not incorporate the Phase II requirements of NPDES permit coverage for construction activities between 1 and 5 acres with a point source discharge, which must be in place by December 2002. The draft Phase II program requirements will be published in a subsequent notice. The revised PAG-2 does incorporate clarifications related to the design and implementation of postconstruction stormwater controls. Other minor revisions include:

   *  General information and requirements have been added to clarify what information is required for an NPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities.

   *  Definitions of ''erosion and sediment control plan'' and ''authorized county conservation district'' have been added. The definition for ''reviewing entity'' has been deleted.

   The proposed revisions to PAG-2 have been sent to the EPA Region III Administrator.

   Persons wishing to comment on the proposed revisions are invited to obtain a copy of the revised permit from and/or submit a written statement to Kenneth Murin, Chief, Technical Support Section, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Watershed Management, Division of Waterways, Wetlands and Erosion Control, 10th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8775, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8775 or e-mail kmurin@state.

   Comments must be submitted within 30 days from the date of this notice. The period for comment may be extended at the discretion of the Department for one additional 15-day period. Comments received within this 30-day period will be considered in the formulation of the Final Notice of Availability of Amendments to PAG-2. Comments should include the name, address and telephone number of the writer and a concise statement to inform the Department of the exact basis of the comment and the relevant facts upon which it is based. A public hearing may be held if there is significant public interest and request identified by the comments.

   Following the 30-day comment period, the Department will make a final determination regarding the proposed revisions to PAG-2. Notice of this determination will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

   A draft of the permit with the proposed revisions and related documents is on file at the Central Office of the Bureau of Watershed Management at the location previously noted. Persons wishing to review or receive further information should contact the Central Office of the Bureau of Watershed Management at (717) 787-6827. Persons with a disability may use the AT&T relay service by calling (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-852. Filed for public inspection May 10, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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