The board will accept oral testimony at the virtual public hearing on October 13, 2021 at 1:30 PM. Oral testimony will be given the same consideration as written comments received by September 3, 2021.
Washington State Department of Health Office of Drinking Water
We are inviting you to a PFAS and Lab Rule informational Zoom meeting. Please join DOH’s Mike Means and Barb Morrissey for a virtual, informational presentation on the PFAS Group A rule change (chapter 246-290 WAC) and Lab rule change (chapter 246-390 WAC). The first hour is a presentation about the rules; the second hour staff will answer questions about proposed changes. Please note: This meeting is informational only, we will not accept comments on the proposed rule language at this meeting. We hope you will join us! Time: Monday, August 30, 2021, at 8:00 AM Join Zoom Meeting Link Meeting ID: 843 9268 3788 One tap mobile +12532158782,,84392683788# US (Tacoma) +13462487799,,84392683788# US (Houston) Meeting ID: 843 9268 3788 Click here to find your local number. Below is the bulletin we sent earlier this month. The State Board of Health invites you to comment on proposed changes to chapter 246-290 WAC, Group A Public Water Supplies and chapter 246-390 WAC, Drinking Water Certification and Laboratory Data Reporting. The proposed revisions to the Group A rule improve public health protection by setting a regulatory standard for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The revisions include requirements for monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting, follow-up actions, other associated requirements, and technical and editorial changes. The proposed revisions to the Lab rule provide specific PFAS reporting requirements and makes technical and editorial changes. The Department of Health is accepting written comments on both rules through September 3, 2021. The proposed rule revisions, comment submittal, and public hearing information, as well as other supporting documents for both rules are on the Office of Drinking Water Rulemaking website. For questions about the Group A rule, contact Jocelyn Jones, (360) 236-3020. For questions about the Lab rule, contact Nina Helpling, (360) 236-3065.
In response to a petition received by the State Board of Health (board) to address per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, the board is proposing revisions to chapter 246-290 WAC, Group A public water supplies (Group A rule). In addition, the board is proposing revisions to the companion rule, chapter 246-390 WAC, Drinking water laboratory certification and data reporting rule (Lab rule).
Washington S-0160.2 Senate Joint Memorial 8001 was read before the Environment committee on Jan 26, 2021.
While this bill asks the federal government to assist in PFAS remediation, it contains a paragraph attempting to foreclose on the establishment of cleanup standards for PFAS. The board of WIWSA wrote to the committee chair requesting that the bill not be advanced out of committee and that the PFAS Chemical Action Plan team be allowed to complete their work and make recommendations without prior prejudice. The full test of the bill and of the board’s letter can be found below.
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The Chemical Action Plan (CAP) team is extending the public comment period on the Draft PFAS CAP until January 4, 2021.
We received stakeholder feedback that additional time to review would be beneficial for providing meaningful input. We recognize the immense challenges that Washington state residents and businesses have faced since spring 2020. This will allow the public and stakeholders an additional month to consider the Draft CAP and provide feedback, without significantly extending the Final CAP timeline.