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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-1857


Processing and Beneficial Use of Gypsum Wallboard; General Permit WMGM038

[38 Pa.B. 5720]
[Saturday, October 11, 2008]

   Under the regulatory authority of 25 Pa. Code § 271.811 (relating to authorization for general permit) of the municipal waste regulations and the statutory authority of the Solid Waste Management Act (35 P. S. §§ 6018.101--6018.1003), the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is proposing a General Permit for the processing and beneficial use of unpainted and untreated standard gypsum wallboard.

   This proposed General Permit will provide for the beneficial use of ground (that is, processed) gypsum wallboard as a component of mushroom growing media, as a soil additive material or soil amendment and will allow for utilization of the backing paper as an animal bedding material. Proposed General Permit WMGM038 will reduce the amount of gypsum wallboard being disposed of in landfills by providing a mechanism to divert the waste to a more productive, beneficial use. This General Permit will provide potential end uses with a streamlined set of operating conditions.

   Comments concerning the General Permit should be directed to Cuong Vu, Division of Municipal and Residual Waste, Bureau of Waste Management, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8472, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8472, (717) 787-7381. The Department must receive public comments on the proposed General Permit by November 10, 2008.

   Persons interested in obtaining more information or a paper copy of proposed General Permit WMGM038 should contact Peter Arnt of the Division of Municipal and Residual Waste at the previous telephone number. TDD users may contact the Department through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984. The General Permit WMGM038 document is also accessible on the Department's web site at (DEP Keywords: ''Participate''; then ''Proposals Open for Comment,'' or DEP Keywords ''Municipal Waste'').

   The Department will provide public notice upon final publication of General Permit WMGM038.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-1857. Filed for public inspection October 10, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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