Groundwater Quality Rules


250-RICR-150-05-3 PROPOSED RULE

Title 250 Department of Environmental Management
Chapter 150 Water Resources
Subchapter 05 Water Quality
Part 3 Groundwater Quality Rules
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Proposed View Active Rule
Filing Notice Date 11/13/2018
Filing Hearing Date(s) 12/04/2018
Public Comment Dates 11/13/2018 to 12/13/2018

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 46-12
R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 46-13.1
R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 23-18.9
R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 23-19.1
R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 42-17.1
R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 42-17.6
R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 42-35

Purpose and Reason :

The purpose of these rules is to protect and restore the quality of RI’s groundwater resources for use as drinking water and other beneficial uses, and to assure protection f the public health and welfare and the environment. The purpose of these amendments is to recodify the Stormwater Manual into the Rhode Island Code of Regulations format as required by amendments to the Administrative Procedures Act (§ 42-35-5). This recodification must follow a standard format used for all state regulations. In addition, proposed changes include, but are not limited to, 1)changes to improve clarity of the Rules, 2) changes  to the groundwater classification and wellhead protection area maps, 3) procedure for setting a groundwater quality standard when no EPA maximum contaminant level has been established, and 4) abandonment procedures for private drinking water wells are included similar to requirements for other subsurface borings.

A separate document has been uploaded with a more detailed explanation of the proposed changes.

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