Governing Law and Regulations
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Watershed Management
DEP Bureau of Land Recycling
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's groundwater regulations are more stringent than federal standards. Under the state's Clean Streams Act, groundwater is specifically included in the watershed definition and allows for state-specific standards to be implemented. Although the Groundwater Protection Program originates in the Bureau of Watershed Management, most activities from oil and gas drilling to landfills have specific regulations, guidelines and best management practices that are used to protect groundwater. A Comprehensive State Groundwater Protection Program (CSGWPP) work group has also been created which is interdisciplinary and includes representatives from DEP, Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Natural ...