PADEP Act 34 of 2020 FAQs

PA DEP distributed the following FAQ to the SEO community on May 17, 2021 regarding Act 34 of 2020.  Read complete FAQ here. Excerpt: “This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document was created to address questions surrounding the implementation of the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act, Act 537 of 1965, (SFA) as amended by Act 34 of (more…)

Act 34 of 2020 and DEP All-SEO Letters

Following the enactment of Act 34 of 2020 (formerly SB1030), PA DEP issued two “All-SEO Letters” in 2021 (to date) providing information on how the Department views the new law and its interpretation of how to implement it. The February 3, 2021 All-SEO Letter covers a variety of important topics and can be viewed HERE.  (more…)

PADEP Publishes New Guidance for SEO Certification & Training

The SEO Certification and Training Program Guidance (385-2314-002) has been revised. It was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on December 12, 2020, as final. The Technical Guidance Document (TGD) and the Comment and Response Document is now posted in the Department’s eLibrary . The TGD provides a framework for the Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO) certification and training (more…)

SEO Certification Renewal Date Extended

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PA DEP announced in an all-SEO email last week that it  is extending the SEO certification renewal date and the SEO Continuing Education requirement, currently required by June 30, 2020, to September 30, 2020. Consequently, please note that from now on your SEO certification cycle will be October 1 through September (more…)

Final TVP Published

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, PADEP published in the PA Bulletin the final technical guidance document entitled “Alternate Onlot Sewage Pretreatment Technology Verification Policy (TVP).”  The technical guidance is available from DEP’s eLibary HERE The stated purpose of this guidance is to provide scientific, technical, and field testing standards as directed by Act 26 of (more…)

PADEP Re-publishes TGD for Site Suitability & Alternatives Analysis

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection published the redraft of the Site Suitability and Alternatives Analysis Guidelines for New Land Development Proposing Onlot Sewage Disposal (385-2207-001) in the PA Bulletin on August 31, 2019.  The technical guidance document will be open for public comment until 9/30/2019.   To view the policy and/or submit your comments, (more…)

Changes to SEO certification proposed

PA DEP is considering changes to the SEO certification process and continuing education requirements. The draft proposed guidance document is available on the SAC website or HERE.

Act 26 Draft Technical Guidance Docs

The Department has developed two draft Technical Guidance Documents pursuant to Act 26 requirements. We will be accepting comments on these draft documents upon their publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on March 10, 2018. It is a 30-day comment period. These two draft Technical Guidance Documents are: Draft Act 537 Program Guidance; Site Suitability and (more…)