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§ 693.13. Duties of owners

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 32 P.S. Forests, Waters and State Parks

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 32 P.S. Forests, Waters and State Parks
Part II. Waters (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 25A. Dam Safety and Encroachments (Refs & Annos)
32 P.S. § 693.13
§ 693.13. Duties of owners
(a) The owner of any dam, water obstruction or encroachment shall have the legal duty to:
(1) monitor, operate and maintain the facility in a safe condition in accordance with the regulations, terms and conditions of permits, approved operating plans and orders of the department issued pursuant to this act;
(2) conduct periodic inspections and analyses, as reasonably required by the department considering the type of facility and degree of potential hazard, and as required submit certified reports regarding the condition of the facility to the department: Provided, That in lieu of certified reports from the owner, the department may accept reports of equivalent inspections prepared by governmental agencies;
(3) immediately notify the department and responsible authorities in downstream communities of any condition which threatens the safety of the facility, and take all necessary actions to protect life and property, including any action required under an emergency plan or department order issued pursuant to this act; and
(4) prior to discontinuing use or abandonment, remove all or part of the facility and take other actions necessary to protect safety and the environment in a manner approved by the department.
(b) In addition to the duties of subsection (a), the owner of any high hazard dam which has been classified as such by the Department of Environmental Resources shall post notices in public places in any area which might be affected by the failure of the dam.


1978, Nov. 26, P.L. 1375, No. 325, § 13, effective July 1, 1979. Amended 1979, Oct. 23, P.L. 204, No. 70, § 1, imd. effective; 1985, May 16, P.L. 32, No. 15, § 2, effective in 60 days.
32 P.S. § 693.13, PA ST 32 P.S. § 693.13
Current through Act 13 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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