Proposed changes to PA Chapter 73

Sewage Disposal Regulations

Recently the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has adopted a comprehensive stormwater management ordinance that has gone into full effect. This New Ordinance is highly detailed and geared towards not only total management of stormwater through rate control and volume control but also specifies measures that are to be undertaken to improve water quality throughout Pennsylvania. THERE IS NO GRANDFATHERING FROM THIS ORDINANCE, as we are informed by our local Conservation Districts. Therefore, projects that are in mid design or close to approval will be subject to these new requirements. Below is a short list of regulations that will need to be met. For a more detailed explanation of how this may effect your project, please contact your DLH Project Manager to discuss.

  • Per Environmental Hearing Board ruling in December 2006, individual NPDES permit must include an Antidegradation and Thermal Impact Analysis that considers non-discharge alternatives to special protection waters and exceptional value wetlands
  • Per Pennsylvania Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual by the PADEP dated December 30, 2006, a n 8:1 loading ratio of impervious drainage area to infiltration area or a 5:1 loading ratio of total draining area to infiltration area must be employed when designing infiltration beds
  • Per Pennsylvania Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual by the PADEP dated December 30, 2006, preferred soil infiltration rate testing procedure by using a double ring infiltrometer
  • Per Chester County Conservation District ‘ verbal policy ‘ to be implemented April 2007 all application fees are non-refundable. If your application is not complete, the Chester County Conservation will keep your fees and return the entire package requiring ALL new fees once the application is submitted complete.

Finally, in light of numerous changes to state, local, and federal regulations as well as changes in “policies” at each level, DLH will be implementing a CLIENT ALERT system whereby we will IMMEDIATELY notify all of our clients as well as their attorney’s (if they request) of any and all new changes that we learn about.