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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-1937


Proposed Revisions to General NPDES Permit for Discharges from Hydrostatic Testing of Tanks and Pipelines (PAG-10)

[39 Pa.B. 6162]
[Saturday, October 17, 2009]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) by this notice is proposing to revise and renew its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges from Hydrostatic Testing of Tanks and Pipelines (PAG-10) for reissuance for another 5 years. This General Permit is issued under the authority of The Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law (35 P. S. §§ 691.1—691.1001), and sections 1905-A, 1917-A and 1920-A of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §§ 510-5, 510-17 and 510-20). The current General Permit was scheduled to expire on August 20, 2009, and was extended until December 20, 2009, by a notice at 39 Pa.B. 4908 (August 15, 2009), and will continue to be in force until the final renewed version of PAG-10 is completed and made available by notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. This General Permit will continue to be not applicable for discharges to ''high quality'' and ''exceptional value'' waters, designated under 25 Pa. Code Chapter 93 (relating to water quality standards). An individual permit is required for such discharges.

 In this revised General Permit, the entire section III. Results Less Than Detection Limits, under Part C. Special Conditions was revised to be consistent with methods for reporting below detection limit samples found in the Water Quality Toxics Management Strategy (Document No. 361-0100-003, June 20, 2009).

 The Department by this notice invites public comments on the proposed revisions to PAG-10. Comments must be submitted by November 16, 2009. If there is significant public interest or if requested, the comment period may be extended at the Department's discretion for an additional 15-day period. Only comments received during the specified comment period will be considered in the final General Permit. If more significant issues of public interest are raised, the Department may schedule a public meeting or hearing. Written comments should be submitted to Dharmendra Kumar at the address listed. The Department will also accept comments submitted by e-mail to

 The proposed General Permit package is available by contacting Dharmendra Kumar, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation, Division of Water Management, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8774, 11th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774, (717) 783-2288.

 The proposed General Permit package is also available on the Department's web site at (choose ''Public Participation''; then scroll down to ''Proposals currently open for Comment''). The document number is: 3800-PM-WSFR0173.

 Persons with a disability may contact the Department by using the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service by calling (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users). Following the specific comment period, the Department will review all submitted comments, prepare a comment and response document and the final documents package for this General Permit. Availability of the final permit documents will be announced in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1937. Filed for public inspection October 16, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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