Rules

Aboveground Storage Tank Rules

10 February 2014
These rules are intended to protect public health and the environment by: (1) Establishing standards for the design and installation of new aboveground storage tank systems and substantial alteration to existing aboveground storage tank systems; and (2) Establishing standards for the design, installation, and operation of new bulk tank systems and substantial alteration of existing bulk tank systems.

Underground Injection Control Rules

29 October 2014
(a) These Rules apply to discharges to injection wells. (b) These Rules are not intended to affect other existing regulations including, but not limited to, the Vermont Groundwater Protection Rule and Strategy and rules adopted by the Vermont Department of Health. (c) These Rules do not limit the powers of federal, state or local authorities to control existing or potential threats to human health or the environment.

Deposit for Beverage Containers Rule

14 September 2010
(a) These rules are adopted under the Secretary's authority pursuant to 3 V.S.A. Chapter 25 and 10 V.S.A. Chapter 53. (b) These rules apply to: (1) A person manufacturing or distributing a container; (2) A person selling a container at the retail level or operating a business for the purpose of redeeming a container; and (3) A person returning a beverage container to collect the deposit on a container. (c) These rules do not apply to beer or other malt beverages contained in kegs, halfkegs, quarter-kegs, or pony-kegs provided that a deposit on the keg is charged to the consumer for the use of the keg and refunded to the consumer upon return of the keg to the retailer.

Indirect Discharge Rules

30 April 2003
(a) These rules establish standards and procedures that the Secretary uses in reviewing permit applications for indirect discharges and in the issuance and administration of indirect discharge permits under the authority referenced in §14-101 above. These rules further implement the policies established in the Water Pollution Control Act (10 V.S.A. Chapter 47) and in the Groundwater Protection Act (10 V.S.A., Chapter 48). It is the purpose of these rules to insure that: (1) Indirect discharges comply with the provisions of the Vermont Water Quality Standards. Indirect Discharge Rules Page 2 (2) Indirect discharges and associated treatment and disposal systems are designed and constructed in a manner that will provide reliable protection of the public health, groundwater, and surface water during operation and maintenance. (3) New indirect discharges of sewage from systems with a design capacity of 6,500 gpd or more: (A) will not significantly alter the aquatic biota in the receiving waters, (B) will not pose more than a negligible risk to the public health, and (C) will be consistent with existing and potential beneficial uses of the waters.

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

17 March 2020
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.

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.

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