Environmental Quality Board
Public Participation in the Regulatory Process
Public participation is encouraged during the regulatory process. Interested persons can submit written comments on a proposed regulation using our online comment system or by postal mail. For some proposed rulemakings, public hearings are also held where testimony can be provided. See below for more details.
Regulations Currently Open for Comment
To view regulations open for comment, please visit eComment
and click the Regulations radio button.
Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards
The proposed Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards rulemaking was published on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in the Pennsylvania Bulletin at 47 Pa.B. 6609, which opened the public comment period. Also published on October 21, at 47 Pa.B. 6703, was the proposed Water Quality Toxic Management Strategy statement of policy. Amendments to the policy are supplementary to the Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards proposed rulemaking.
The comment period for both the proposed rulemaking and for the policy was originally scheduled to close on December 29 and three public hearings were scheduled – in Wilkes Barre (December 6), Harrisburg (December 8), and Pittsburgh (December 14). A request was made, through the public comment process, to add an additional hearing in the Southeast, nearer to Philadelphia, and to extend the public comment period. To honor that request, one additional hearing for the proposed rulemaking and one for the policy were scheduled as follows:
The hearing for the Water Quality Toxic Management Strategy proposed statement of policy will be held beginning at 1 p.m., and the hearing for the Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards proposed rulemaking will be held beginning at 2 p.m. on the following date and location:
January 30, 2018
Department of Environmental Protection
Southeast Regional Office
Delaware and Schuylkill Conference Rooms
The public comment period is extended to February 16, 2018.
Formal notice of the extension and the additional hearing date will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on December 30, 2017.
How to Submit Comments
There are three convenient methods for submitting comments to the EQB:
Comments may be submitted to the EQB by accessing eComment
Note regarding eComment: If an acknowledgement of comments submitted online is not received by the sender within two business days, the comments should be re-sent to the EQB to ensure receipt.
Comments may be submitted to the EQB by sending comments to RegComments@pa.gov. A subject heading of the proposed rulemaking and a name and address must be included with each transmission.
Note regarding emailed comments: If an acknowledgement of comments submitted via email is not received by the sender within two business days, the comments should be re-sent to the EQB to ensure receipt.
Written comments can also be mailed to Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477.
All comments must be received by the EQB on or before the close of the public comment period.
For some proposed regulations, public hearings will be held. Public hearings provide individuals with an opportunity to give verbal testimony regarding a proposed regulation. All relevant written and oral comments that are received at a public hearing will be considered when finalizing a regulation.
Interested persons wishing to provide testimony at a hearing are requested to contact the EQB at least one week in advance of the hearing to reserve a time. The EQB can be contacted by calling 717-787-4526 to reserve time to testify. Witnesses are typically limited to ten minutes of testimony and are requested to submit three written copies of their testimony to the hearing chairperson at the hearing. Organizations are limited to designating one witness to present testimony on their behalf at each hearing.
Individuals in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the EQB to discuss their needs at 717-787-4526 or make accommodations through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 800-654-5984 (TDD) or 800-654-5988 (voice users).
What Happens at the Close of the Comment Period
DEP reviews all comments and drafts a formal comment and response document. The comment and response document then becomes part of the package for the final regulation. The formal comment and response document will be distributed to the EQB and available publicly prior to the EQB meeting when the final rulemaking will be considered.