EPA- and VTDEC-Compliant Drinking Water PFAS Response Plan Development
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) selected Weston & Sampson to generate an EPA- and VTDEC-regulation compliant response plan and guidance document for use by public water supplies when PFAS contaminants are detected. The Vermont Legislatures Act 21 of 2019 promulgated the generation of this policy.
The Poly and Perfluorinated Alkylated Substances (PFAS) Response Plan document serves as a roadmap for impacted public water supplies to respond to the discovery of PFAS in their waters in a measured and predictable manner. The policy had to address the unique regulatory requirements for each public water supply permit category and include 60% design documents for a treatment system specific to PFAS.
Since there are multiple overlapping regulatory programs governing different aspects of a response, the policy needed to provide comprehensive guidance that addressed all program requirements. Weston & Sampson hosted/led multiple meetings with the applicable regulatory entities to lay out the project goals, schedule, and responsibilities of all stakeholders. Through close collaboration with representatives of the VTDEC Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division, Waste Management Division allowed for the generation of the policy in only 60 days. Weston & Sampson then developed and presented an informative public workshop and training to public water systems throughout the state.
- collaboration with staff from multiple state agencies
- tight scheduling requirement of policy and engineering design completion within 60 days
- addressed multiple regulatory sectors
- public presentation and training on policy