DAR File No. 43378

This rule was published in the December 1, 2018, issue (Vol. 2018, No. 23) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Environmental Quality, Drinking Water

Section R309-100-9

Variances

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 43378
Filed: 11/14/2018 10:56:11 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

These amendments add in missing federal rule language and add in a reference to the Code of Federal Regulations.

Summary of the rule or change:

These amendments add clarifying language to make the Utah rule as stringent as the variance requirements in the code of Federal Regulations. This is a federal rule Utah is required to adopt per the primacy agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 19-4-104

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

1. There is no expected fiscal impact to state revenues or expenditures. 2. There are no additional state employees or resources needed to oversee proposed rule amendment.

local governments:

1. There is no expected direct fiscal impact to local governments' revenues or expenditures. 2. These amendments create no new requirements for local governments.

small businesses:

1. There is no expected direct fiscal impact to small businesses' revenues or expenditures. 2. These amendments create no new requirements for small businesses.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

1. There is no expected direct fiscal impact for persons other than small businesses, businesses or local government entities revenues or expenditures. 2. These amendments create no new requirements for persons other than small businesses, businesses or local government entities.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

Compliance costs for affected persons, water systems, are not expected to change because no additional requirements are being added to this rule.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

These rule changes are not expected to have any fiscal impact on businesses' revenues or expenditures; these minor changes are to add clarifying language missed during the Revised Total Coliform Rule adoption in 2016, which has been implemented since April 1, 2016. This is a federal rule Utah is required to adopt per the primacy agreement with the EPA and has no additional requirements.

Alan Matheson, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:

Environmental Quality
Drinking WaterRoom Third Floor
195 N 1950 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3085

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Patti Fauver at the above address, by phone at 801-536-4196, by FAX at 801-536-4211, or by Internet E-mail at pfauver@utah.gov
  • Jennifer Yee at the above address, by phone at 801-536-4216, by FAX at 801-536-4211, or by Internet E-mail at jyee@utah.gov
  • Rachael Cassady at the above address, by phone at 801-536-4467, by FAX at 801-536-4211, or by Internet E-mail at rcassady@utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

01/02/2019

This rule may become effective on:

01/09/2019

Authorized by:

Alan Matheson, Executive Director

RULE TEXT

Appendix 1: Regulatory Impact Summary Table*

Fiscal Costs

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

State Government

$0

$0

$0

Local Government

$0

$0

$0

Small Businesses

$0

$0

$0

Non-Small Businesses

$0

$0

$0

Other Person

$0

$0

$0

Total Fiscal Costs:

$0

$0

$0





Fiscal Benefits




State Government

$0

$0

$0

Local Government

$0

$0

$0

Small Businesses

$0

$0

$0

Non-Small Businesses

$0

$0

$0

Other Persons

$0

$0

$0

Total Fiscal Benefits:

$0

$0

$0





Net Fiscal Benefits:

$0

$0

$0

 

*This table only includes fiscal impacts that could be measured. If there are inestimable fiscal impacts, they will not be included in this table. Inestimable impacts for State Government, Local Government, Small Businesses and Other Persons are described in the narrative. Inestimable impacts for Non - Small Businesses are described in Appendix 2.

 

Appendix 2: Regulatory Impact to Non - Small Businesses

These rule changes are not expected to have any fiscal impact on non-small businesses' revenues or expenditures, these minor changes add clarifying language missed during the Revised Total Coliform Rule adoption in 2016, which has been implemented since April 1, 2016. This is a federal rule Utah is required to adopt per the primacy agreement with the EPA and has no additional requirements.

 

The head of the Department of Environmental Quality, Alan Matheson, has reviewed and approved this fiscal analysis.

 

**"Non - small business" means a business employing 50 or more persons; "small business" means a business employing fewer than 50 persons.

 

 

R309. Environmental Quality, Drinking Water.

R309-100. Administration: Drinking Water Program.

R309-100-9. Variances.

(1) Variances to the requirements of R309-200 of these rules may be granted by the Board to water systems which, because of characteristics of their raw water sources, cannot meet the required maximum contaminant levels despite the application of best technology and treatment techniques available as listed in Title 40 CFR Part 141, as published on July 1, 2018 (taking costs into consideration).

(2) The variance will be granted only if doing so will not result in an unreasonable risk to health.

(3) No variance from the maximum contaminant level for total coliforms are permitted.

(4) No variance from the minimum filtration and disinfection requirements of R309-525 and R309-530 will be permitted for sources classified by the Director as directly influenced by surface water.

(6) Within one year of the date any variance is granted, the Board shall prescribe a schedule by which the water system will come into compliance with the maximum contaminant level in question. The requirements of Section 1415 of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, PL 104-182, are hereby incorporated by reference. The Board shall provide notice and opportunity for public hearing prior to granting any variance or determining the compliance schedule. Procedures for giving notice and opportunity for hearing will be as outlined in 40 CFR Section 142.44.

(7) Variances or exemptions from certain provisions of these regulations may be granted pursuant to Sections 1415 and 1416 of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act and Subpart K of Part 142 (for small system variances) by the entity with primary enforcement responsibility, except that variances or exemptions from the MCLs for total coliforms and E. coli and variances from any of the treatment technique requirements of Subpart H of Part 141 may not be granted.

(a) As provided in 40 CFR 142.304(a), small system variances are not available for rules addressing microbial contaminants, which would include Subparts H, P, S, T, W, and Y of Part 141.

 

KEY: drinking water, environmental protection, administrative procedures

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [November 8, 2017]2019

Notice of Continuation: March 13, 2015

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 19-4-104


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Patti Fauver at the above address, by phone at 801-536-4196, by FAX at 801-536-4211, or by Internet E-mail at pfauver@utah.gov; Jennifer Yee at the above address, by phone at 801-536-4216, by FAX at 801-536-4211, or by Internet E-mail at jyee@utah.gov; Rachael Cassady at the above address, by phone at 801-536-4467, by FAX at 801-536-4211, or by Internet E-mail at rcassady@utah.gov.  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Office of Administrative Rules.