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  • October 8, 2021 – Revised Air Pollution and Noise Control Plan Modules: Module 17: Air pollution and noise control plan has been updated for the following permit applications: Bituminous Surface Mine Permit 5600-PM-BMP0311 | Anthracite Surface Mine Permit Application 5600-PM-BMP0343 | Large Noncoal Industrial Minerals Mine Permit 5600-PM-BMP0315  Please use the latest versions when submitting a new or revised application.
  • August 31, 2021 – Revised SOP BMP-003 PASPGP Permits: This SOP was revised in response to the issuance of PASPGP-6. View the revised SOP here. All SOPs are listed on the main BMP web page.
  • August 17, 2021 – SOP for Evaluation of Noise During Permit Review: A new standard operating procedure regarding the assessment of noise as a nuisance has been published. View the SOP here. All SOPs are listed on the main BMP web page.
  • July 26, 2021 – Updates to Mining Permit Packages: The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has begun to use PA-Share to identify and track projects that may impact historical and/or cultural resources within Pennsylvania. All permit application packages have been updated to refer applicants to use this web-based tool for all future projects.
  • July 19, 2021 – SOP for Not Started Permits: A new standard operating procedure regarding permits that are in “not started” status has been published. View the SOP here. All SOPs are listed on the main BMP web page.
  • June 26, 2021 - Water Supply Replacement Regulations: Revisions to Chapter 87: Surface Mining of Coal & Chapter 88: Anthracite Coal have been published as final and are effective June 26, 2021. This rulemaking ensures compliance with Federal requirements and developments in State law, provides consistency, where possible, with water supply replacement regulations relevant to underground coal mining, and codifies existing practices already in use for water supply replacement by the Department.

Mining-related Permitting and Technical Topics

This section of BMP is responsible for the following activities related to mining-related permitting and technical topics:

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