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IMPORTANT UPDATE…EQB: RULES AND REGULATIONS: SAFE DRINKING WATER; GENERAL UPDATE AND FEES

EQB: RULES AND REGULATIONS: SAFE DRINKING WATER; GENERAL UPDATE AND FEES

 

The Environmental Quality Board amends Chapter 109 (relating to safe drinking water) to read as set forth in Annex A. This final-form rulemaking has three parts:

 

  • Incorporate the remaining general update provisions that were separated from the proposed Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) as directed by the board on April 21, 2015, including revisions to treatment technique requirements for pathogens, clarifications to permitting requirements, and new requirements for alarms, shutdown capabilities and system service.

 

  • Amend existing permit fees and add new annual fees to supplement commonwealth costs and fill the funding gap ($7.5 million).

 

  • Establish the regulatory basis for issuing general permits, clarify that noncommunity water systems (NCWS) require a permit or approval from the Department of Environmental Protection prior to construction and operation, and address concerns regarding gaps in the monitoring, reporting and tracking of back-up sources of supply.

 

The collective intent of the rulemaking is to provide for the increased protection of public health by every public water system (PWS) and ensure that the department has adequate funding to enforce the applicable drinking water laws, meet state and federal minimum program elements, and retain primacy. The final-form rulemaking is effective upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and has a number of deferred implementation dates.

 

For further information, contact Lisa D. Daniels, Director, Bureau of Safe Drinking Water, PO Box 8467, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8467, (717) 787-9633; or William Cumings, Assistant Counsel, Bureau of Regulatory Counsel, PO Box 8464, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8464, (717) 787-7060.

 

Source:  Pennsylvania Bulletin, 8/18/2018

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