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PADEP Permit Review Process & Permit Decision Guarantee- Nov 14th ‘Go-Live’

Dear colleagues,

Thank you for your participation and comments that helped to shape the Department’s new Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee and Permit Coordination policies. After careful consideration of public comments and stakeholder input, DEP announced the publication of the final policies in the Nov. 3 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Though the policies are effective upon publication, the Department will not begin to process applications under this new process until Wednesday, Nov. 14, as a result of Tropical Storm Sandy. Final versions of the policies and their respective comment-response documents are available on the Department’s Permit Decision Guarantee website at: www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/Permit_Decision_Guarantee/21048

DEP has conducted considerable outreach during the past several months relating to these new policies and will continue to do so as we move together into the first quarter of implementation. There will be program-specific webinars held during the month of November to explain how the new processes will impact individual programs within the Department, discuss standard operating procedures and outline where statute or regulations may require a process other than that outlined in the policies. The dates and times of these program-specific webinars and registration links are below and are also available on the Department’s Permit Decision Guarantee website, which can be easily accessed by clicking the “Permit Decision Guarantee” button on our home page:

Nov. 20 — Waste Management, 10-11 a.m.

§  https://copa.webex.com/copa/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=645609642

Nov. 20 — Active and Abandoned Mine Operations, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

§  https://copa.webex.com/copa/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=643516662

Nov. 26 – Safe Drinking Water, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

§  https://copa.webex.com/copa/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=646360416

Nov. 27 – Point and Non-point Source Management, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

§  https://copa.webex.com/copa/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=649617646

Nov. 28 – Storage Tanks, 10-11 a.m.

§  https://copa.webex.com/copa/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=640351765

Nov. 28 — Oil and Gas Management, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

§  https://copa.webex.com/copa/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=647455718

Nov. 29 – Radiation Protection, 10-11 a.m.

§  https://copa.webex.com/copa/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=646640985

Nov. 29 – Air Quality, 2-3 p.m.

§  https://copa.webex.com/copa/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=640478559

Nov. 30 — Waterways Engineering & Wetlands: Chapter 102, 10-11 a.m.

§  https://copa.webex.com/copa/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=641561481

Nov. 30 — Waterways Engineering & Wetlands: Chapter 105 & Dam Safety, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

§  https://copa.webex.com/copa/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=649569129

After some analysis, the Department has decided to eliminate sending hard-copy completeness letters, except in cases required by statute or regulation. In an effort to go paperless in this area, DEP will provide application tracking updates through the eFACTS on the Web application at: http://www.ahs2.dep.state.pa.us/eFactsWeb/default.aspx.

The Department will be holding webinar training sessions on the eFACTS on the Web system to ensure that applicants are aware of the information contained in this application and are able to easily navigate it. The dates and times for 2012 are outlined below and all dates, including those in 2013, along with registration information, are available on the Department’s Permit Decision Guarantee website.

  • Friday, Nov. 9, 2012: 9-10 a.m.        
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012: 2-3 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 19, 2012: 10-11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012: 10-11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012: 1:30-2:30pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012: 10-11a.m

We appreciate your feedback as we implement these new policies that will transform the way we will do business. We have committed to re-evaluating the policy on a quarterly basis during the first year of implementation, with the first evaluation to be concluded by Feb. 15, 2013.  Thank you for your continued support for these new policies.

Regards,

Hayley Book

Hayley L. Book | Acting Director

Office of Program Integration
Department of Environmental Protection
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street | Hbg PA 17101
Phone: 717.772.1856| Fax: 717.705.4980
www.dep.state.pa.us

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