Rules

Well Driller Licensing Rule

29 August 2002
The purpose of this rule is to protect public health and the environment by providing for the licensing of water and monitoring well drillers, the recording and reporting of each well drilled, and the closure of abandoned wells. The Water Well Advisory Committee is established as a forum for the well driller industry and other interested parties to advise and assist agency staff on well drilling and groundwater issues.

Environmental Administrative Penalty Rules

05 October 2009
It is the purpose of these rules to standardize the administrative penalties assessed by the Secretary through the establishment of penalty classes and ranges to assist in carrying out the goals established by the Legislature in Act 98 (1989 Session), as amended by Act 191 (2008 Session),10 V.S.A. Chapter 201.

Vermont Water Supply Rule

01 December 2010
This rule is intended to serve a number of purposes. First, and most important, the rule's primary purpose is to regulate water systems in the state so that they provide clean and safe drinking water to Vermont's citizens. This is true for the smallest, single house source to the state's largest system. The rule also establishes well construction standards (contained in Part 12 of Appendix A) which apply to every constructed well in Vermont regardless of the type of facility it serves. Second, by implementing this rule, Vermont qualifies to retain "primacy" for the Safe Drinking Water Act from the federal US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Primacy means that the state will administer the federal regulations that apply to all public water systems in the country, instead of EPA. Without state regulations that are at least as strict as the federal ones, Vermont may not administer the federal regulations. We think having primacy represents an advantage to Vermont's water systems. The federal regulations contain some optional provisions that permit exceptions to the regulations when mitigating factors make it difficult or impossible to follow the regulation. Also, there are situations where interpretations of the federal regulations can be made by states with primacy that provide some benefit to the public water systems. EPA has stated that, in the event that they have to administer their own rules in a state without primacy, they will not have the resources to provide most of these permitted exceptions to the regulations. Third, this document contains all of the state's major regulations concerning water systems in a single document, which, in spite of its size, makes it easier for both the regulators and the regulated community to carry out their respective roles. The Agency will bind the various parts of the rule (discussed below) into smaller packages that make sense for the intended recipient.

Groundwater Withdrawal Reporting and Permitting Rules

22 June 2011
Consistent with the requirements of 10 V.S.A. Chapter 48 it is the purpose of this rule to protect and manage groundwater resources. This rule provides the regulatory framework for the withdrawal of more than 57,600 gallons per day of groundwater for commercial and industrial uses. Additionally, this rule requires any person who withdraws more than 20,000 gallons per day of groundwater for certain uses to report that withdrawal to the secretary.

Environmental Citations Rule

01 December 2011
It is the purpose of these rules to establish the use of citations as a tool to address environmental violations under the jurisdiction of the Secretary and the Board. Further, this rule sets out the minimum, maximum and waiver penalty amounts for each violation for which a citation may be issued.

Wasteload Allocation Process Rule

15 September 1987
The State of Vermont has established Water Quality Standards as a means of guiding the management of water quality to ensure the use and enjoyment of Vermont's lakes and streams. Typical uses may include fishing, swimming, boating, hydroelectric power generation and waste disposal. When a use such as waste disposal threatens to degrade water quality to the extent that other uses are impaired, a limit must be placed upon the quantity of waste that may be discharged. This limit, referred to as the assimilative capacity, is defined as the maximum quantity of waste the water body can accept, without water quality being degraded below established standards.

Water Withdrawals for Snowmaking Rule

15 February 1996
These rules are adopted pursuant to the authority of Title 10 V.S.A. Chapter 41, Subchapter 3. Water Withdrawal for Snowmaking. These rules shall not supersede the water quality standards adopted by the water resources board pursuant to Title 10 V.S.A. Chapter 47.

Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Certification Rule

25 September 2014
Sections 1263 and 1265 of Title 10 of the Vermont Statutes (10 V.S.A. §§ 1263 and 1265) provide that any permit for the discharge of waste into the waters of the State shall require proper operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment facility in the treatment or processing of waste by qualified personnel in accordance with standards established by the Secretary. The Secretary has delegated this responsibility to the Commissioner of Environmental Conservation. This Rule is established to provide minimum standards of experience and knowledge required of chief operators, assistant chief operators, and operators of wastewater treatment facilities. A certified operator shall be present at a treatment facility when any operational activity is being undertaken. This Rule is applicable to any state agency regulating activity which requires a certified wastewater treatment facility operator.

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