Pennsylvania Groundwater regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Groundwater: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law, 35 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 691.1 et seq.

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Nutrient Management Act, 35 Pa. Stat 1701 to 1718

Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, 35 Pa. Stat. 6020.101 to 6020.103

Solid Waste Management Act, 35 Pa. Stat. 6018.101 to 6018.108

Groundwater at hazardous waste facilities: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 260a.1 to 270a.80

Public information: 25 Pa. Code 270a.82

Hydrogeologic study: 25 Pa. Code 269a.41

Groundwater at municipal solid waste facilities: 25 Pa. Code 273.152 and 25 Pa. Code 273.116

Water quality monitoring plans: 25 Pa. Code 273.152 and 25 Pa. Code 277.152

Groundwater at farms: 25 Pa. Code 83.311

Regulatory Agencies

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 ...


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