MassDEP issues draft changes to Drinking Water Regulations, Notifies of Funding

Draft changes to 310 CMR 22, the MA Drinking Water Regulations, were issued for public comment last month. DEP sent public notice to water suppliers of the regulations changes and funding availability by letter of December 20. See DEP PFAS Letter to PWS 12-20-19

The draft regulations, relating to PFAS compounds, can be found here: 310-CMR-22_00-PFAS-redline 12.2020

Here is the formal notice from MassDEP for the Public Comment period for the MCL for PFAS:

Name & Citation of Regulation(s): Massachusetts Drinking Water Regulations – 310 CMR 22.00
Brief Explanation and Rationale for Proposed Changes: MassDEP is proposing to amend 310 CMR 22.00 to establish a Total Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 20 ppt for six PFAS contaminants: perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA), and perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA).
Web Link to Notice and Regulations: https://www.mass.gov/regulations/310-CMR-22-the-massachusetts-drinking-water-regulations#proposed-amendments-public-comment.
Public Hearing Information: Five public hearings will be held under the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 30A as follows:

Thursday, January 23, 2020 – Springfield, MA
Public Hearing: 1:00 p.m.
MassDEP’s Western Regional Office
436 Dwight Street, (413) 784-1100
Friday, January 24, 2020 – Boston, MA
Public Hearing: 10:00 a.m.
MassDEP’s Boston Headquarters
One Winter Street, (617) 292-5500
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – Lakeville, MA
Public Hearing: 10:00 a.m.
MassDEP’s Southeast Regional Office
20 Riverside Drive, (508) 946-2700
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – Wilmington, MA
Public Hearing: 1:00 p.m.
MassDEP’s Northeast Regional Office
205 Lowell Street, (978) 694-3200
Friday, January 31, 2020 – Worcester, MA
Public Hearing: 10:00 a.m.
MassDEP’s Central Regional Office
8 New Bond Street, (508) 792-7650
Public Review Period: Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020. Written comments should be submitted by e-mail to program.director-dwp@mass.gov and include PFAS MCL Comments in the subject line. In lieu of electronic submittal, please send a paper copy to Attn: PFAS MCL Comment, MassDEP, Drinking Water Program, 1 Winter St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02108.

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