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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 10-238


Notice to Public of Proposed Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Action Located Within the Floodplain

[40 Pa.B. 759]
[Saturday, February 6, 2010]

 A notice appeared in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on January 16, 2010, inviting participation in the floodplain management decision-making process. Specifically, the Department of Health (Department) invited comments regarding a program being proposed by the Department of Health Lead Hazard Control Program.

Program: Lead Hazard Control Program, Grant Number PALHB0440-09, $3,070,000 award, Period of Performance: January 1, 2010—December 31, 2012.

Purpose: Funds will be used to provide assistance to income eligible occupants to make units, which includes privately owned rental units as well as owner-occupied units, lead safe, with a priority on units occupied by families with children under age six. Units will be made lead-safe through lead inspections, risk assessments and lead hazard control, including temporary relocation during hazard control work. Lead hazard control work will be completed through the use of interim controls or hazard abatement.

Location: The program would involve lead hazard control/reduction activities and associated minor rehabilitation on residential properties within the City limits of Johnstown, Harrisburg and the Counties of Allegheny and Fayette.

 The Department completed an evaluation concerning potential impacts on the floodplain and possible alternative actions. The proposed program could involve projects located within a 100-year floodplain. The Department concluded that there is no practicable alternative to the possibility of potential projects being located within the following Flood Zones: A, AO, AH, A1-A30, or A99. It has been determined that the program must occur within the intended target area/areas, as previously described.

 The alternatives considered, included: 1) funding the proposed program in other areas of the jurisdiction; 2) relocation of housing units and families; and 3) no action.

 These alternatives were rejected for the following reasons: 1) the greatest need for the intended program was found to be in the designated target area/areas and those units/families in need of the housing services exist in all areas of the target area/areas; 2) it is cost prohibitive and not feasible to physically move or raise structures out of the floodplain; and 3) a no action alternative would certainly not serve to maintain affordable, safe (from lead-based paint or other housing-based health hazards as appropriate) housing for families.

 In order to minimize risk and potential loss (to life, health and financial investment), owners and tenants will be notified that their units are located in the floodplain and flood insurance will be a required contingency to participation in the grant program. The amount and period of coverage will conform to the National Flood Insurance Program requirements.

 An Environmental Review Record (ERR) respecting the subject program has been made by the previously-named jurisdiction which documents floodplain information and contains a full description of the proposed actions. The ERR is on file at the address listed previously and is available for public examination and copying upon request between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 Final approval of the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program will not be approved until/unless interested groups, individuals or agencies have had an opportunity to comment. Only written comments received by February 13, 2010 at the address listed previously will be accepted by Faith Blough or Cindy Dundas.

 For further information regarding HUD's regulations concerning floodplain management contact Karen M. Griego-West, Program Environmental Clearance Officer, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, United States Department of HUD, 611 West 6th Street, Suite 805, Los Angeles, CA 90017, (213) 534-2458 (this is not a toll-free number), e-mail Persons with a disability may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

 Persons with a disability who require an alternate format of this document (for example, large print, audiotape, Braille), or who wish to comment in an alternate format and seek assistance to do so, should contact Faith Blough or Cynthia Dundas, Public Health Program Administrators, Bureau of Family Health, Division of Child and Adult Health Services, Health and Welfare Building, 7th Floor, East Wing, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120 at the address listed previously or (717) 772-2762, or for speech and/or hearing impaired persons V/TT (717) 783-6514, or the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Services at (800) 654-5984.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-238. Filed for public inspection February 5, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]

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