HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced revisions to registration instructions and forms relating to water encroachment and obstruction, in an effort to reduce permit backlogs.
Revisions to the Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment General Permit Registration instructions and forms are expected to improve the application process, eliminate unnecessary information, and reduce permit review time, according to PADEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. The Registration Form and Aquatic Resources Table have been revised. Several forms, including the Fee Calculation Worksheet, Reporting Criteria Checklist, and Bog Turtle Screening Form will no longer be required, as a result of the changes.
McDonnell tweeted about the revisions earlier this week, ensuring they do not change the substantive requirements to qualify for permit authorization.
These changes are meant to encourage responsible and environmentally safe development.
— Patrick McDonnell (@SecMcDonnell) March 13, 2018
The new forms go into effect starting March 26, 2018.
Click here to review a recording of an informational webinar held earlier this month for potential permit applicants and others in the regulated community.
Questions? Contact a Penn E&R environmental professional at 215-997-9000.