Governing Law and Regulations
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Pennsylvania generally follows federal rules relating to trade secret protection of confidential business information submitted to state agencies, with additional state requirements for data submitted under the state's community right to know, air, waste, and water regulations. Pennsylvania has also passed a law requiring greater industry disclosure of the composition of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing treatments. See the national section TRADE SECRETS for a review of the federal rules.
Information concerning violations of environmental requirements that are voluntarily discovered and disclosed will be available to the public except for information that is otherwise confidential. See the state section AUDITS for additional information.
• Administration and enforcement. The DEP is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the ...