This Month in PA Bulletin
DEP: EXTENSION OF NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM GENERAL PERMIT FOR DISCHARGES OF STORMWATER DISCHARGES FROM SMALL MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEMS (PAG-13) AND SOLICITATION OF INTERESTED PARTIES FOR A PAG-13 WORKGROUP
The Department of Environmental Protection extended the availability of the current National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) (PAG-13) for 24 months.
The existing PAG-13 in effect at this time will expire on March 15, 2023. The department is extending the availability of this permit to adequately address issues related to the renewal of PAG-13.
During the period of administrative extension, the department may not authorize new coverage under PAG-13. Questions regarding the PAG-13 General Permit can be directed to Jamie Eberl, PE, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 772-4058.
Additional information is available on the Pennsylvania Bulletin. http://pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pabull?file=/secure/pabulletin/data/vol52/52-39/1477.html
The following bills and co-sponsorship memos for bills to be introduced of interest to PSPE were acted on by the General Assembly this past month.
HB 2767 RE: Tiny Houses (by Rep. Lori Mizgorski, et al)
Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, in Uniform Construction Code, providing within 180 days, the department shall promulgate regulations adopting "Tiny Houses" of the International Residential Code, and the regulations shall only apply to a municipality that elects, by ordinance, to adopt the regulations.
Introduced and referred to House Labor and Industry Committee, 8/11/2022
SB 1312 RE: Bridge Inspection and Maintenance (by Sen. Jim Brewster, et al)
Amends Title 74 (Transportation) providing for bridge inspection and maintenance. Provides definitions for department and metropolitan planning organization. The Department of Transportation (PennDOT) shall develop and maintain a public database for all bridges in Pennsylvania maintained with federal, state, county or municipal expenses. The database shall be searchable by county, municipality and PennDOT's engineering district. Each county and municipality shall develop its own public database of bridges maintained within the county or municipality's specific jurisdiction through public expense. Counties and municipalities shall transmit this information to PennDOT on a quarterly basis. PennDOT shall adopt and publish standards used for bridge inspections and the standards shall require a certified bridge inspector. On a quadrennial basis, the auditor general shall inspect the records relating to each bridge in the state and determine and issue a report to the General Assembly regarding the completion of and compliance towards bridge inspections.
Introduced and referred to Senate Transportation Committee, 8/24/2022