Availability of Technical Guidance

[49 Pa.B. 74]
[Saturday, January 5, 2019]

 Technical guidance documents (TGD) are available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at The ''Technical Guidance Final Documents'' heading is the link to a menu of the various Department bureaus where each bureau's final TGDs are posted. The ''Technical Guidance Draft Documents'' heading is the link to the Department's draft TGDs.

Ordering Paper Copies of Department Technical Guidance

 The Department encourages the use of the Internet to view and download TGDs. When this option is not available, persons can order a paper copy of any of the Department's draft or final TGDs 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 TGDs

 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.

Draft TGD: New Guidance

DEP ID: 383-4200-002. Title: Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Manual for Agricultural Operations. Description: Sections 5 and 402 of The Clean Streams Law (35 P.S. §§ 691.5 and 691.402) and the Erosion and Sediment Control regulations of the Department in 25 Pa. Code § 102.4(a) (relating to erosion and sediment control requirements) require all agricultural operations to minimize accelerated erosion and sedimentation to the waters of this Commonwealth by implementing appropriate Best Management Practices. Those operations that plow or till 5,000 or more square feet, including no-till, or that have Animal Heavy Use Areas that are 5,000 or more square feet in total, are required to have a written Agricultural Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan (Ag E&S Plan). The purpose of this guidance is to further explain the requirements of an Ag E&S Plan under 25 Pa. Code § 102.4(a).

Written Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments on this draft TGD by March 6, 2019. All comments, including comments submitted by e-mail must include the originator's name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment tool at or by e-mail to Written comments can also be submitted to Technical Guidance Coordinator, Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.

Contact: Questions regarding this TGD should be directed to Jill Whitcomb at or (717) 783-5205.

Effective Date: Upon publication as Final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-12. Filed for public inspection January 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]

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