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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-419



New Base General Permit for the Processing and Beneficial Use of Oyster Shells for Ecological Enhancement Projects (WMGM064)

[50 Pa.B. 1762]
[Saturday, March 21, 2020]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) has issued a new base general permit, WMGM064, to authorize the processing and beneficial use (by shell planting, reef construction and living shoreline stabilization/enhancement) of post-consumer oyster shells for natural habitat restoration projects in the Delaware Estuary or other shoreline and subtidal areas.

 The Department is authorized under the Solid Waste Management Act (35 P.S. §§ 6018.101—6018.1003) and 25 Pa. Code § 271.801 (relating to scope) to initiate and issue general permits for any category of beneficial use or processing that results in the beneficial use of municipal waste on a Statewide basis when the Department determines that the use will not harm or present a threat of harm to the health, safety or welfare of the public or the environment and the activity can be adequately regulated using standard permit conditions.

 Notice of the availability of the draft WMGM064 General Permit was published at 49 Pa.B. 6028 (October 12, 2019). A 30-day comment period was provided. The Department received comments from one individual during the comment period, but no changes were made to the final WMGM064 General Permit.

 The WMGM064 General Permit will become effective on March 21, 2020, and will expire on March 21, 2030. Persons intending to process post-consumer oyster shells must first apply for and obtain a registration under WMGM064 from the Department regional office having jurisdiction over the processing facility. A list of regional offices and the counties served by each is attached to the WMGM064 permit application, which can be accessed through the Department's eLibrary web site at

 Questions regarding this general permit should be directed to Chris Solloway, Division of Municipal and Residual Waste, Bureau of Waste Management, P.O. Box 69170, Harrisburg, PA 17106-9170, or (717) 787-7381.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-419. Filed for public inspection March 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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