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Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Discharges from Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production Facilities (PAG-11)

[47 Pa.B. 7649]
[Saturday, December 16, 2017]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is announcing the availability of a draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges from Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production (CAAP) Facilities (PAG-11). To access the draft General Permit and related documents visit www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us (select ''Permit and Authorization Packages,'' then ''Clean Water,'' then ''PAG-11 (Draft)'').

 The PAG-11 General Permit is intended to provide NPDES permit coverage for discharges from CAAP facilities into surface waters of the Commonwealth. The existing PAG-11 was extended on October 5, 2017, for 1 year. The Department is proposing to reissue a final PAG-11 General Permit on or before October 5, 2018.

 The proposed fee for submission of a Notice of Intent (NOI) for coverage under this General Permit is $100. The NOI fee will be paid one time with the NOI for permit coverage. The Department is proposing that after 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 permittee complies with the terms and conditions of the PAG-15 General Permit currently in effect, unless the Department specifically requires the submission of an NOI in writing.

 The Department is seeking comments on the draft PAG-11 General Permit (3800-PM-BCW0006d) and accompanying documents for 30 days. Interested persons may submit written comments through Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment system at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment. Written comments may also be submitted by e-mail to ecomment@pa.gov or by mail to the Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, 400 Market Street, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.

 Written comments submitted during the 30-day comment period will be retained by the Department and considered in finalizing the General Permit. 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.

PATRICK McDONNELL, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-2088. Filed for public inspection December 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]



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