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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: May 30, 2013 10:50 AM
From: Representative Marcia M. Hahn
To: All House members
Subject: Riparian Buffer
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation amending the Clean Streams Law (Act 394 of 1937) to clarify that riparian buffer and riparian forest buffers shall not be required under the act but may be used as a choice among best management practices or design standards to minimize pollution from erosion and sedimentation.

Businesses and landowners alike have expressed their frustration with our 25 Pa. Code, Section 102.14 riparian buffer requirements and the negative impacts they have on development and land use in many areas of the Commonwealth. It seems to me that this regulation has resulted in a major shift of state policy, which in effect, amounts to a taking of property without legislative oversight or approval.

My legislation will allow those seeking erosion and sedimentation approvals to have greater flexibility in protecting water quality in Pennsylvania. If you have any questions please contact Gail Pakosky, gpakosky@pahousegop.com or 717-783-8573.

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Introduced as HB1565