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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.

Proposed Regulations

Regulations Currently Open for Comment

To view regulations open for comment, please visit eComment and click the Regulations radio button.

The following proposed rulemaking will be open for comment through September 25, 2020:

Water Quality Standards for Manganese and Implementation

  • Public hearings are scheduled for September 8, 9, and 10. Please see registration information under the Public Hearings heading below.

How to Submit Comments

There are four convenient methods for submitting comments to the EQB:

Online Comments (preferred)

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.

Email Comments

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

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.

Public Hearings

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.

Proposed Rulemaking – Water Quality Standards for Manganese and Implementation

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s emergency disaster declaration and based on advice from the Department of Health regarding the mitigation of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the EQB will hold three virtual public hearings for the purpose of accepting comments on this proposed rulemaking.

Persons wishing to present testimony at a hearing must follow a two-step registration process. First, contact Jennifer Swan for the Department and the Board, (717) 783-8727 or RA-EPEQB@pa.gov at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing to reserve a time to present testimony. Next, select the appropriate link below to register through WebEx for the date that you signed up to speak. If you wish to provide verbal testimony, you must complete both steps.

The hearings will be held as follows:

September 8, 2020, hearing begins at 2 p.m.
September 9, 2020, hearing begins at 6 p.m.
September 10, 2020, hearing begins at 2 p.m.

Addresses and phone numbers for all persons wishing to provide virtual testimony are required.

  • Organizations are limited to designating one witness to present testimony on their behalf at only one hearing.
  • Verbal testimony is limited to 5 minutes for each witness.
  • Video demonstrations and screen sharing by witnesses will not be permitted.

Witnesses are requested to submit written copy of their verbal testimony by e-mail to RegComments@pa.gov after providing testimony at the hearing.

Any member of the public wishing to only observe the public hearing without providing testimony can do so by registering through WebEx using the link provided above. Please note, only those who have registered with Jennifer Swan, as described above, will provide testimony. All others will remain muted for the duration of the hearing.

Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact the Board at (717) 783-8727 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users) to discuss how the Board may accommodate their needs. For additional information regarding the Department’s hosting of virtual public hearings, please click here.

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.

To view public comments submitted to the EQB, please visit eComment or the Independent Regulatory Review Commission's Regulations Search page. Using the Agency Name search field, select Environmental Quality Board.

Regulatory Agenda

DEP Regulatory Update (PDF)

Regulatory Agenda - Commonwealth Agencies under the Governor's Jurisdiction