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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-680


Marcellus Shale Wastewater Partnership; Public Meeting

[39 Pa.B. 1926]
[Saturday, April 11, 2009]

   The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces a public meeting of the Marcellus Shale Wastewater Partnership on April 15, 2009, at 1 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Auditorium of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA. The Marcellus Shale Wastewater Partnership is a collaborative effort of the Marcellus Shale Committee and the Department to examine wastewater issues facing the natural gas industry and identify technologies and treatment techniques that will ensure adequate protection of our water resources while allowing for the treatment and disposal of wastewater generated during extraction.

   At this meeting, the Department will present a Permitting Strategy for High Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Wastewater Discharges (Permitting Strategy). The goal of this permitting strategy is that new sources of High TDS wastewaters will be prohibited from this Commonwealth's waters by January 2011. To achieve this goal, the Department proposes to amend 25 Pa. Code Chapter 95 (relating to wastewater treatment requirements) to establish new effluent standards. In addition, to assure the protection and attainment of all designated stream uses, the Department proposes to develop new numeric water quality criteria for TDS and Chlorides, and amend 25 Pa. Code Chapter 93 (relating to water quality standards) to include these criteria. Amendments to 25 Pa. Code Chapters 93 and 95 will be completed prior to January of 2011 through separate regulatory processes. Those processes will allow for public participation and comment.

   Meeting materials for the April 15, 2009, meeting, including a copy of the draft Permitting Strategy, may be obtained by contacting Ron Furlan of the Division of Planning and Permitting at (717) 787-8184 or A copy of the meeting materials is also available on the Department's web site at:\v30160\v

   Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Ronald Furlan at (717) 787-8184 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-680. Filed for public inspection April 10, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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