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Division of Water Quality

Notice of Rule Proposal
Monitoring and Pollutant Minimization Plans for Polychlorinated Biphenyls - N.J.A.C. 7:14A-11 and 14

Public Notice
Take notice that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is proposing new rules at N.J.A.C. 7:14A-11 and 14, Monitoring and Pollutant Minimization Plans for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). The proposed new rules will require major facilities discharging to PCB-impaired waters to monitor their discharge for PCBs, using a very sensitive method capable of measuring PCBs at levels that previous methods were unable to detect. Based on the results of the monitoring, some of those facilities will be required to develop and implement a PCB Pollutant Minimization Plan (PMP). Since PCBs are no longer used in industrial processes, most pollutant loading will likely be from contaminated areas around the dischargers' facilities, either from old leaky equipment or from production of PCBs as an unwanted by-product. The purpose of the PMP is to lead to the identification and elimination of those discrete sources of PCBs. The intent of this rule is to achieve PCB pollutant load reduction and this task will be made simpler and less costly if the source of PCB contamination is determined quickly. For facilities that discharge PCBs in concentrations at or close to background levels, PMPs will not be required because it is unlikely that those facilities would be able to identify any discrete sources of PCBs.

The proposal is scheduled to be published in the New Jersey Register dated December 19, 2005. A copy of the proposal (PDF) is available from the DEP web site or by contacting Ms. Pilar Patterson, rule manager, at New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Quality – Bureau of Point Source Permitting - Region 2, 401 East State Street, Trenton, New Jersey, 08625 or by telephone at (609) 292-4860. Be advised that there may be a fee for obtaining a copy of the proposal from some sources.

A public hearing concerning the proposal is scheduled as follows:

Monday, January 30, 2006 at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
(or until the end of comments, whichever comes first)
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
1st Floor Public Hearing Room
401 East State Street, Trenton, N.J. 08625

Written comments may be submitted by February 17, 2006 to:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Alice A. Previte, Esq., Legal Specialist
ATTN: DEP Docket No.40-05-11/565
Office of Legal Affairs
PO Box 402
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

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