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Permitting and Technical Section

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  • March 27, 2021 – The following permit has been reissued: National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Stormwater Associated with Mining Activities (BMP GP-104). Those operators with existing coverage will receive notice in the mail. More information is available here.
  • March 22, 2021 - Bond Rates - Coal: The Bond Rate Guidelines for the Calculation of Land Reclamation Bonds on Coal Mining Operations was published on March 20, 2021.
  • March 22, 2021 - Ch 77 Noncoal Draft Rulemaking: Noncoal Mining Clarifications and Corrections proposed rulemaking package was published on March 20, 2021. The public comment period ends on May 4, 2021.
  • March 13, 2021 - Bond Rates - Noncoal: The revised Bond Schedule for the Calculation of Bond Amounts on Noncoal Mining Operations was published in the PA Bulletin on March 13, 2021. Please refer to this new schedule for calculating bonds.
  • March 13, 2021 - Water Supply Replacement Bond (O&M) Rates: Rates to be used to calculate long-term operation and maintenance cost bonds for water supply replacement was published in the PA Bulletin on March 13, 2021. Please refer to this new schedule for calculating bonds.
  • February 9, 2021 - A new form Model SMCRA Water Supply Settlement Agreement and Release Form 5600-FM-BMP0163 02/2021 is now available. This form is used in some circumstances when water supplies are replaced under 25 Pa Code 87 and 88.

Mining-related Permitting and Technical Topics

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

Contact Permits and Technical Services at RA-epminingpermits@pa.gov
* This address is for informal requests only. If you are seeking DEP records, click for a request form. You may submit a Right to Know legal request form via e-mail to EP-DEP-RTK@pa.gov