Department of Environmental Protection Guidance for NPDES Construction Permittees
During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Governor Wolf’s March 19, 2020, Order, available at https://www.governor.pa.gov(the “Governor’s Order”)
Permittees may continue to conduct permitted earth disturbance activities to the extent that those earth disturbance activities are in support of the operation of the life sustaining business. If earth disturbance activities are conducted, the permittee must remain in compliance with all terms and conditions of any applicable permit.
For Non-Life Sustaining Businesses: Permittees and operators who are not considered “life sustaining businesses” as set forth in the Governor’s Order must, pursuant to the Governor’s Order, cease earth disturbance activities. Per 25 Pa. Code § 102.22 and the terms and conditions of their permit, including any approved plans, permittees ceasing earth disturbance activities must immediately implement temporary or permanent stabilization practices in accordance with approved permit plans and conditions and the stabilization standards outlined in the Erosion and Sediment Control Program Manual. In recognition of the Governor’s directive to implement social distancing, permittees may, upon temporary or permanent stabilization, cease performing weekly Routine Inspections as otherwise required by their permit. Permittees must continue to conduct other inspections required by their permit, including Post-Storm Event Inspections and Corrective Action Inspections as set forth in their permit. Required site inspections of permitted activities by permittees are considered critical operational functions and will not be considered to be out of compliance with the Governor’s Order. Permittees and operators are reminded to limit on-site personnel, and in all cases follow social distancing and COVID-19 mitigation guidance provided by the PA Department of Health and CDC. The cessation of Routine Inspections as set forth herein is not a limitation of, or defense to, liability for injury to private property or invasion of personal rights. Permittees must continue to comply with all other permit terms and conditions, including, but not limited to, the requirement to take immediate action to restore, repair, or replace the BMP or to provide an alternative method of treatment upon reduction, loss, or failure of any BMP.
Governor Wolf ordered the closure of Non-Life Sustaining Businesses. A snapshot of the list regarding real estate and construction is shown below:
In compliance with Governor Wolf’s order of the closure of Non-Life Sustaining Businesses, the current operational guidelines are as follows:
i. For the safety of all parties, it would be best if the inspector is able to visit the site with no interaction with the applicant
ii. If the applicant is required to be on site:
1. The inspector will meet with only one person
2. Social distancing requirements of six feet of separation are required
3. If the inspector feels it is unsafe for him/her, or the applicant, to perform the inspection, the inspection will be cancelled and rescheduled.
Grading Permits. Sidewalk Permits & Road Opening Permits
Questions regarding permitting should be sent to Trish Sherwin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engineering staff are working remotely, and can be emailed of left voice mail messages, that are checked regularly: