PA DEP Posted 52 Pages of Permit-Related Public Notices in Oct. 22 PA Bulletin

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the October 22 PA Bulletin— 

— DEP/SRBC Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities  [PaEN]  

— DEP Posts Formal Notice Of Availability Of Abandoned Mine Land, Mine Drainage Grants

— The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the October 22 PA Bulletin of Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act Interim Response related to 1,1-dichloroethene (1,1-DCE) contamination at the Keim Street Site in Lower Pottsgrove Twp., Montgomery County and notice of November 30 virtual hearing.  (PA Bulletin, page 6606Read more here.

— The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the October 22 PA Bulletin that it is allowing the sale of electronic devices from Visual Land Inc., Contixo and Linsay Digital because they are now in compliance with the state’s electronics waste recycling Covered Device Recycling Act. (PA Bulletin, page 6623Read more here.

— The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the October 22 PA Bulletin of changes to the list of companies certified to perform radon-related activities.  (PA Bulletin, page 6622).

— The Susquehanna River Basin Commission published notice in the October 22 PA Bulletin of a November 3 public hearing on water withdrawal requests– including three natural gas development withdrawals and a proposed fee schedule for 2023.  Read more here.

— The Susquehanna River Basin Commission published notices in the October 22 PA Bulletin–

     — Water withdrawal projects approved for consumptive uses in September

     — Water withdrawal projects approved for minor modifications in August – September

PA Bulletin – October 22, 2022

Note: The Department of Environmental Protection published 52 pages of public notices related to proposed and final permit and approval/ disapproval actions in the October 22 PA Bulletin – pages 6571 to 6623.

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[Posted: October 21, 2022]  PA Environment Digest



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