Effective January 10, 2019, inquiries and correspondence regarding new permit applications, reporting, and compliance matters related to sites in Armstrong and Indiana Counties should be directed to DEP's
Northwest Regional Office. Questions on permit applications under review as of January 9, 2019, and pending enforcement matters for Armstrong and Indiana Counties should be directed to DEP's
Southwest Regional Office. Inquiries can also be directed to
Mining and Radiation Protection permits and programs are not affected by this regional office change.
The Bureau of Clean Water administers the statewide Erosion and Sediment Control (E&S) program under
25 Pa. Code Chapter 102. Chapter 102 requires a permit from DEP for the following activities:
- Construction activities with earth disturbances greater than or equal to one acre, not including agricultural plowing or tilling, animal heavy use areas, timber harvesting activities or road maintenance activities, which require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage. If eligible, persons disturbing one or more acres may apply for coverage under the
PAG-02 NPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities. If ineligible for PAG-02 coverage, persons may apply for an
individual NPDES permit using the Individual NPDES Permit Application for Discharges of Stormwater Associated with Construction Activities.
IMPORTANT NOTICE – The PAG-02 General Permit has been reissued by DEP, effective December 8, 2019. Permittees with existing coverage under the PAG-02 General Permit can use the link provided below to acknowledge their eligibility status for the reissued PAG-02 by March 9, 2020.
PAG-02 Acknowledgement Form
- Timber harvesting and road maintenance activities involving 25 or more acres of earth disturbance. An
E&S permit (PDF) is required under Pennsylvania's Clean Streams Law for these activities, rather than a NPDES permit. The permit application is located
- Oil and gas activities (e.g., exploration, production, processing, treatment operations or transmission facilities) involving 5 or more acres of earth disturbance. An E&S permit is required under Pennsylvania's Clean Streams Law for these activities. If eligible, persons conducting these activities may submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) for coverage under the
E&S General Permit (ESCGP-3).
- Other activities involving 5 or more acres of earth disturbance not identified above require an E&S permit.
Please use the links below or the navigation buttons on the right for additional information on the E&S program or contact DEP’s Bureau of Clean Water at RA-EPChapter102@pa.gov.