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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-988


Availability of Technical Guidance

[39 Pa.B. 2747]
[Saturday, May 30, 2009]

   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 2009.

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.

Draft Guidance

   DEP ID:  392-0900-001. Title:  Trading of Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Credits--Policy and Guidelines. Description:  Credit trading is a market-based program that provides incentives for entities to earn nutrient reduction credits by going beyond legal obligations to remove nutrients from a watershed. The credits can be traded to help others more cost-effectively meet their nutrient reduction obligations or goals. The primary purpose of the Trading Program is to provide for more efficient ways for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permittees to meet their effluent limits for nutrients and sediment. Currently, the focus of the program is on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Department has determined that the Farmland Preservation component of the current policy as it relates to the acceptance of land conversion proposals should be revised. This proposed revision is based on the Department's review of the scientific basis for granting land conversion credits and the potential conflicts the current policy may have with other Commonwealth policies and directives, including the Governor's Executive Order on Farmland Preservation. The guidance is now changed to clarify that land conversion proposals that seek to generate nutrient reduction credits from the conversion of agricultural land to another development type (that is, commercial, residential and the like) will no longer be accepted for review. Written Comments:  The Department is seeking comments on the Farmland Preservation revision of draft technical guidance 392-0900-001. Interested persons may submit written comments on this the substantive changes to the draft technical guidance document by June 29, 2009. Comments submitted facsimile will not be accepted. The Department will accept comments submitted by e-mail. A return name and address must be included in each e-mail transmission. Written comments should be submitted to Ann Smith, Water Planning Office, P. O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063, (717) 787-4726, Contact: Questions regarding the draft technical guidance should be directed to Ann Smith at (717) 787-4726 or Effective Date:  Upon publication of notice as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-988. Filed for public inspection May 29, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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