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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 03-1797


Availability of Technical Guidance

[33 Pa.B. 4630]

   Technical guidance documents are on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) website ( at the Public Participation Center page. The ''Current 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 the Department's draft technical guidance documents.

   The Department will continue to revise its nonregulatory documents, as necessary, throughout 2003.

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 questions or comments about a particular document should call the contact person whose name and phone number is listed with each document.

Draft Technical Guidance

   DEP ID:  362-2208-002. Title: Technical Decision Making and the Use of Conventional Technology, Alternate Technology, Experimental Technology, and Best Technical Guidance in Onlot Sewage System Repair Situations. Description: The purpose of this guidance is to establish a recommended decision process for use by Department staff, municipal officials and sewage enforcement officers when resolving repair of malfunctioning individual and community onlot sewage systems. This guidance will assist regional staff in the Act 537 program, municipal officials responsible for implementing sewage programs within their municipalities and SEOs responsible for permitting decisions within their service areas to provide better service when resolving onlot sewage system repair situations. Comment Period Ends:  October 28, 2003. Contact: James Novinger, (717) 783-3795, jnovinger@state.

Draft Technical Guidance--Substantive Revision

   DEP ID:  391-2000-007. Title:  Technical Reference Guide (WQM) 7.0 for Windows Wasteload Allocation Program for Dissolved Oxygen and Ammonia Nitrogen Version 1.0. Description:  This document is an updated version to the existing document and model that performs the same function. The Department uses computer model WQM 7.0 to determine NPDES discharge effluent limitations for Carbonaceous BOD, Ammonia Nitrogen and Dissolved Oxygen for single and multiple point source discharge scenarios. This guidance provides a consistent basis for establishing effluent limitations. Comment Period Ends:  October 12, 2003. Contact:  Tom Starosta, (717) 787-4317,

   DEP ID:  391-2000-011. Title:  Technical Reference Document PENTOXSD for Windows PA Single Discharge Wasteload Allocation Program for Toxics. Description:  The previous version of this model was DOS based and has become obsolete. The purpose of this technical reference guide is to describe how applicable regulatory requirements and technical methods are incorporated into PENTOXSD. PENTOXSD is the Commonwealth's Single Discharge Wasteload Allocation Computer Program for Toxic Substances. The guide explains how these requirements and methods are applied to available data to determine recommended effluent limitations. It describes the mathematical relationships, default equations and values and wasteload allocation procedures used in PENTOXSD. Comment Period Ends:  October 12, 2003. Contact:  Tom Starosta, (717) 787-4317, tstarosta@state.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-1797. Filed for public inspection September 12, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]

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