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ACT 161 §1110 Rulemaking Process

ACT 161 §1110 Rulemaking

Phase I - Administrative Dam Safety Rule (In effect as of August 1st, 2020)

*The current Phase II process will re-open the existing Administrative Rule to add the Technical Standards and allow the ability to edit or update the existing rule, as needed.  

Phase II - Technical Standard Dam Safety Rule (In Development)

The DSP is in the process of developing the Technical Standards with guidance from an Interest Group made up of individuals including: Dam Owners, Dam Safety Engineering Consultants, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Environmental Advocates, State and Local Officials, and others. In addition, we plan to have the working draft of the rules peer reviewed by a group that specializes in dam safety regulation as well as hold a public meeting to introduce the rule and take public questions and comments prior to initiating formal rulemaking through the Legislative and Interagency Committees. 

Proposed Schedule:

Rulemaking Schedule

*Updated as of February 15th, 2023

Interest Group Meetings:

  • First Interest Group Meeting - February 15th, 2023 - Meeting Notes
  • Second Interest Group Meeting - April 19th, 2023 - Meeting Notes
  • Third and Final Interest Group Meeting - July 12th, 2023 (Official Date TBD)

Topics to be Addressed in the Technical Standard Rulemaking Process:

  • Siting, design, construction, alteration
  • Operation & Maintenance
  • Inspection, monitoring, record keeping, and reporting.
  • Repair, breach, or removal
  • Application for authorization under 1082
  • Emergency Action Plans requirements and guidance 

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