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Availability of Technical Guidance

[42 Pa.B. 6961]
[Saturday, November 3, 2012]

 Technical guidance documents are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us. The ''Technical Guidance 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 ''Technical Guidance Draft Documents'' heading is the link to the Department's draft technical guidance documents.

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.

Final Technical Guidance—New Guidance

DEP ID: 021-2100-001. Title: Policy for Implementing the Department Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee. Description: On July 24, 2012, Governor Corbett signed Executive Order 2012-11 ''Permit Decision Guarantee for the Department of Environmental Protection'' directing the Department to, among other things, establish a Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee. The executive order also rescinded the Money Back Guarantee created under Executive Order 1995-5.

 The Department, on September 1, 2012, published for comment the draft ''Policy for Implementing the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee'' to begin implementing the direction of the Executive Order. Upon review of the comments submitted the Department has made minor revisions to the draft policy and hereby publishes the final policy. The Department, by means of the prepared comment response document, has provided clarification and response to the comments and questions submitted during the comment period.

 The Department plans to reevaluate the effectiveness of the new process and guarantee established through this policy on at least a quarterly basis during the first year. The first evaluation will be completed February 15, 2013.

 Information pertaining to the Department's Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee can be found on the Department's web site at www.depweb.state. pa.us (DEP Search/Keyword: Permit Decision Guarantee).

Contact: Hayley Book, (717) 772-1856 or RA-EP-OPI@ pa.gov.

Effective Date: November 3, 2012

DEP ID: 021-2000-301. Title: Policy for Permit Coordination. Description: The Policy for Permit Coordination, issued for comment as a revised policy on September 1, 2012, outlined how the Department will coordinate the review of multiple permits for proposed projects to ensure efficient use of its resources, thorough environmental review and consistent Department action on proposed projects before the commencement of operations, construction or other activities that require Department permits or approvals.

 Upon review of the comments submitted the Department has made minor revisions to the revised policy and hereby publishes the final policy. The Department, by means of the prepared comment response document, has provided clarification and response to the comments and questions submitted during the comment period.

 Information pertaining to the Department's Policy for Permit Coordination and Policy for Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee can be found on the Department's web site at www.dep.state.pa.us (DEP Search/Keyword: Permit Decision Guarantee).

Contact: Hayley Book, (717) 772-1856 or RA-EP-OPI@pa.gov.

Effective Date: November 3, 2012

Final Technical Guidance—Substantive Revision

DEP ID: 254-5401-001. Title: Best Practices for Environmental Protection in the Mushroom Farming Community. Description: This is an update of the guidance manual originally published in 1997. The manual provides a person or municipality with the information necessary for the proper preparation, use, processing and disposal of mushroom compost generated in the course of normal farming operations. The Department worked with the Department of Agriculture, Chester County Conservation District and the mushroom farming community during the development of the manual. This updated manual revises terminology to better reflect changing farming techniques; simplifies permit requirements for composting on and off the farm when valid Mushroom Farming Environmental Management Plans are implemented; specifies requirements for odor and nutrient control; and updates state and county contacts. No comments were received during the comment period. Two minor comments were received after the close of the comment period which have been addressed.

Contact: Jeffrey Olsen, (717) 787-3103 or jeolsen@ pa.gov.

Effective Date: November 3, 2012

Rescission of Technical Guidance

DEP ID: 013-2000-001. Title: Policy for Implementing the Department Money-Back Guarantee Permit Review Program. Description: Created under Executive Order 1995-5, the Money-Back Guarantee Permit Review Program established processing times for certain Department permits. On July 24, 2012, Governor Corbett signed Executive Order 2012-11 ''Permit Decision Guarantee for the Department of Environmental Protection'' directing the Department to, among other things, establish a Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee program to replace the former Money-Back Guarantee program. Because the Money-Back Guarantee program is no longer in effect, this guidance is no longer necessary and is being rescinded.

 Information pertaining to the Department's Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee can be found on the Department's web site at www.dep.state. pa.us (DEP Search/Keyword: Permit Decision Guarantee).

Contact: Hayley Book, (717) 772-1856 or RA-EP-OPI@ pa.gov.

Effective Date: November 3, 2012.

MICHAEL L. KRANCER, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 12-2148. Filed for public inspection November 2, 2012, 9:00 a.m.]



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