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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-2300


Availability of Technical Guidance

[38 Pa.B. 7014]
[Saturday, December 20, 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: 383-3301-205. Title: Laboratory Reporting Instructions for Radiological Contaminants in Drinking Water Systems. Description: This guidance provides instructions to all community public water systems and certified laboratories for the reporting of drinking water radiological monitoring results for gross alpha, radium 226, radium 228, uranium, gross beta, tritium, strontium-90, and iodine-131, as required by the Federal Radionuclides Rule and as implemented in 25 Pa. Code Chapter 109 (relating to safe drinking water) Regulations. This guidance has been revised to incorporate changes to reporting requirements under the revised regulations, which became effective on April 3, 2004, and to establish uniform instructions and protocol for implementing reporting requirements for the contaminants regulated under this rule. Notice of the draft technical guidance document was published at 38 Pa.B. 548 (January 26, 2008), with provision for a 30-day public comment period that concluded on February 25, 2008. Although the Department did not receive any public comments during the comment period, the Department made changes to the final document to enhance its clarity. Specifically, changes were made to Section 2; page 4, Section 3; page 5, and Section 6; page 26 to clarify that labs are to notify the Department when test results exceed certain screening levels. Additionally, the table on page 25 was updated to include the screening level (equivalent dose) for each contaminant. Finally, in Section 11, to be consistent with the instructions provided in the guidance, the reported results for all of the examples were edited to include 3 decimal places; and the explanation in the Gross Alpha and Uranium paragraphs was clarified to describe what value is used to determine compliance. Contact: Dawn Hissner, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 11th Floor, P. O. Box 8467, Harrisburg, PA 17105-84671, (717) 787-0130, dhissner@ Effective Date:  December 20, 2008.

Notice to Rescind Technical Guidance:

   DEP ID:  275-2101-007. Title:  Best Available Technology and Other Permitting Criteria (Section 7.2:  Best Available Technology--Boilers). Description:  25 Pa. Code Chapter 127 requires that all new sources shall control emissions to the maximum extent, consistent with the Best Available Technology (BAT), as determined by the Department at the time of the issuance of the plan approval. The existing BAT technical guidance for boilers, contained in section 7.2 of technical guidance document number 275-2101-007 (initially published on October 9, 1988), includes minimum requirements for particulate matter and sulfur dioxide controls. It also includes standards for new boilers which are subject to provisions of 25 Pa. Code § 127.12(a)(5). The BAT limitations and requirements in the existing BAT guidance for boilers are obsolete, making the rescission of section 7.2 of the technical guidance document necessary. The Department intends to develop new BAT criteria for boilers. Contact:  Joseph White, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality, 400 Market Street, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468, (717) 787-2856; Effective Date:  December 31, 2008.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-2300. Filed for public inspection December 19, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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