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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 13-1808


Draft NPDES General Permit for Discharges from Petroleum Product Contaminated Groundwater Remediation Systems (PAG-05)

[43 Pa.B. 5770]
[Saturday, September 28, 2013]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is announcing the availability of a draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges from Petroleum Product Groundwater Remediation Facilities (PAG-05).

 To access the draft General Permit and related documents, visit and select ''Permit and Authorization Packages,'' ''Point and Non-Point Source Management,'' ''(National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System-NPDES),'' ''General Permits'' and ''PAG-05 (Draft).''

 The PAG-05 General Permit is intended to provide NPDES permit coverage to petroleum product contaminated groundwater remediation systems (PPCGRS) that discharge treated effluent to waters of this Commonwealth. PPCGRSs are systems installed to remove pollutants from groundwater to acceptable standards under State or Federal regulatory programs. The existing PAG-05 in effect at this time, which has been administratively extended, will expire on December 28, 2013. The Department is proposing to reissue a final PAG-05 General Permit on or before that date.

 The draft PAG-05 General Permit includes the following proposed significant changes in comparison to the existing PAG-05 General Permit:

 • Once covered by the PAG-05 General Permit, a permittee would not need to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) for renewal of coverage unless required by the Department. This determination was based on the expected nature of PPCGRS discharges and the level of treatment required and performed by these systems. The determination was also based on the expected volume of the discharges, the potential for toxic or conventional pollutants in the discharges and other methods of identifying discharges covered under this permit.

 • The Department proposes to reduce monitoring frequency, in general, from two times per month to one time per month for most parameters. Oil and Grease monitoring would be increased from two times per year to one time a month.

 • Effluent limits for Naphthalene and Fluorene have been removed for groundwater contaminated with other petroleum products.

 • Monitoring requirements for Toluene, Ethylbenzene and Total Xylenes have been eliminated for groundwater contaminated with gasoline. Monitoring requirements for Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Pyrene, Cumeme, Chrysene and Phenanthrene have been eliminated for groundwater contaminated with other petroleum products.

 • The permit language has been updated to conform to 25 Pa. Code Chapter 92a (relating to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting, monitoring and compliance) as published at 40 Pa.B. 5767 (October 9, 2010).

 • Permittees with PAG-05 General Permit coverage would need to submit monitoring results to the Department electronically.

 • An annual report would be required by December 31.

 The proposed NOI fee for coverage under this General Permit is $100 per year the PPCGRS is in operation. The NOI fee will be paid in installments, with the initial fee of $100 submitted with the NOI for permit coverage and an installment of $100 to be submitted with the annual report, if the PPCGRS will be in operation the following year. The Department anticipates that once coverage under the General Permit is authorized, coverage will continue without the need to submit an NOI for renewal of coverage as long as the PAG-05 General Permit is renewed, unless the Department specifically requires the submission of an NOI in writing.

Written Comments: The Department is seeking comments on the draft PAG-05 General Permit, Document No. 3800-PM-BPNPSM0171a-g for a period of 30 days. Interested persons may submit written comments on these documents by October 28, 2013. Comments submitted by 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 Sean M. Furjanic, P.E., Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Point and Non-Point Source Management, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 11th Floor, P. O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774 or Written comments submitted during the 30-day comment period will be retained by the Department and considered in making a final determination. The Department will provide an opportunity for any interested person or group of persons, any affected State, any affected interstate agency, the United States Environmental Protection Agency or any interested agency, to request or petition for a public hearing with respect to the proposed General Permit. The request or petition for public hearing, which must be filed within the 30-day period allowed for filing of written comments, must indicate the interest of the party filing the request and the reasons why a hearing is warranted. A hearing will be held if there is significant public interest.

Contact: Questions regarding the draft PAG-05 General Permit for Petroleum Product Contaminated Groundwater Remediation Systems should be directed to Sean M. Furjanic, P.E. at (717) 787-2137 or

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 13-1808. Filed for public inspection September 27, 2013, 9:00 a.m.]

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