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TRADING OF PENNSYLVANIA NUTRIENT AND SEDIMENT REDUCTION CREDITS
INTERIM FINAL POLICY AND GUIDELINES


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) published the Interim Final Policy and Guidelines effective October 1, 2005. This document is indexed as document #392-0900-001.

This policy was established pursuant to the authority granted to the states in 33 USCA § 1251 et seq, Federal Water Quality Trading Policy.

Trading of nutrient and sediment reduction credits may occur within the Susquehanna or Potomac watersheds; however, trading between the Susquehanna and Potomac watersheds is not supported.

Any combination of point sources, non-point sources or third parties may participate in trading. Any entity may create, purchase, retire or otherwise use credits for the purpose of securing long-term improvements in water quality, subject to any state, federal and local laws.

PADEP has indicated that it is interested in initial non-point source trades involving:

  • Forested Riparian Buffers

  • Cover Crops

  • Advanced Nutrient Management

For more information, please visit PADEP’s trading program website.


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