DEP to hold webinar to discuss the implementation of Act 162

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it will hold a webinar at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, to discuss the implementation of Act 162.

On Oct. 23, 2014, Governor Tom Corbett signed H.B. 1565 into law, creating Act 162. The act changes what projects are subject to the mandatory riparian buffer requirements in Chapter 102. The webinar will provide an overview of DEP’s proposed implementation of the act, including buffer equivalency demonstrations and offsetting guidance.

The webinar is geared toward, but not limited to, county conservation districts, developers, transportation engineers and mining operators.

Act 162 will go into effect on Dec. 21. DEP plans to issue interim technical guidance related to the equivalency demonstration and the offsetting guidance in advance of the effective date. These guidance documents will concurrently go through the public participation process.

Preregistration is required to participate in the webinar. To register, visit and click on the webinar button. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the DEP website for future viewing.

To learn more about Act 162, visit, keyword: Act 162.

For more information, call 717-787-3411.

Media contact: Amanda Witman, 717-787-1323

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