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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-1854


Availability of Technical Guidance

[38 Pa.B. 5718]
[Saturday, October 11, 2008]

   Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at (DEP Keywords: Technical Guidance). The ''Final Documents'' heading is the link to a menu of the various Department bureaus where each bureau's final technical guidance documents are posted. 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 2008.

Ordering Paper Copies of Department Technical Guidance

   The Department encourages the use of the Internet to view and download technical guidance documents. When this option is not available, persons can order a paper copy of any of the Department's draft or final technical guidance documents by contacting 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.

Final Technical Guidance

   DEP ID: 394-2000-002. Title: Pennsylvania's Nonpoint Source Management Program Update. Description: This guidance outlines the Commonwealth's plan to address nonpoint source (NPS) pollution through 2012, contingent upon having adequate resources including necessary personnel. This technical guidance enhances Pennsylvania's NPS Management Program, approved by EPA in 1999 in compliance with Section 319(b) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act) as amended by P. L. 100-4 on February 4, 1987. This technical guidance also establishes the overall strategy Pennsylvania will use to implement the watershed protection aspects of Pennsylvania's Growing Greener program. Notice of the availability of the draft Pennsylvania Nonpoint Source Management Program Update was published at 36 Pa.B. 3039 (June 17, 2006), with provision for a 45-day public comment period that ended on August 1, 2006.

   The Department received comments from seven commentators, which are addressed in a separate Comment and Response Document. Several comments related to individual NPS categories and recommended further clarification of the objectives in those categories. More specific comments were received concerning atmospheric deposition, which were addressed by expanding Section II of the document to include atmospheric deposition. Several NPS category objectives having 2005, 2006, and 2007 end dates were deleted or new end dates were included. Finally, revisions were made to Sections III and IV in order to update program descriptions, regulatory programs and web sites. Contact: Stephen Lathrop, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Watershed Management, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 10th Floor, P. O. Box 8555, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8555, (717) 772-5618, Effective Date: October 11, 2008.

Draft Technical Guidance

   DEP ID: 273-4000-005. Title: Compliance Assurance Policy for Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS) on Combustion Units. Description: The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) proposes to revise its Enforcement Policy--CEMS and Coal Sampling/ Analysis Systems, (273-4000-005), which was adopted by the Department in June 1985 and became effective on July 1, 1985. The proposed revised title of the guidance is Compliance Assurance Policy for CEMS on Combustion Units. Its scope is proposed to be expanded to apply to all averaging periods, air contaminants and parameters for all combustion units subject to Continuous Source Monitoring requirements. The proposed revised Policy incorporates provisions of the Department's March 1992 Interim CSMS Penalty Guidelines, Hourly Based Emission Standards. Base penalty amounts are adjusted for inflation. Penalty provisions are proposed to be revised to reflect improvements in source performance relative to emissions since 1985, and to provide consistent statewide considerations in conformance with the Department's more recent Compliance Assurance Policies for Continuous Source Monitoring Systems, Revision Number 8 to the Department's Continuous Source Monitoring Manual, (274-0300-001), and Federal requirements applicable to Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems. Written Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments on this draft technical guidance document by November 10, 2008. The Department will accept comments submitted by e-mail, but comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. A return name and address must be included in each e-mail transmission. Written comments should be submitted to Ronald Gray, Chief, Continuous Compliance Section, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468, Effective Date: The proposed revised guidance document will be effective January 1, 2009, and will be applied to Continuous Source Monitoring System Quarterly Reports for the first quarter, 2009 and thereafter. Contact: Questions regarding the draft technical guidance document should be directed to Ronald Gray, (717) 772-4482 or Doug Haulik, (717) 772-3976.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-1854. Filed for public inspection October 10, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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