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Public Notice

Notice of Availability of Draft Program Policy regarding Assistance for Contaminated Water Supplies (DER-24)

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) has prepared a draft program policy which establishes guidance for providing alternate water supplies (AWS) when public or private water supplies are contaminated by releases of petroleum or hazardous waste (including hazardous substances). This guidance is applicable to the Spill Response Program, Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Remedial Program (as known as the State Superfund Program), the Environmental Restoration Program, the Brownfield Cleanup Program, and the Voluntary Cleanup Program.

The quality of public water supplies is regulated by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and the New York State Sanitary Code. The Division of Environmental Remediation (DER) is responsible for responding to releases of contamination into the environment which could impact the quality of public and private drinking water supplies. When water supplies become contaminated, DER may direct or take emergency or non-emergency actions to provide temporary or permanent AWS.

The purpose of this guidance is to describe how and when to implement the various AWS options. This program policy replaces Technical and Administrative Guidance Memorandum (TAGM) 4027 and Section 1.6 of the Spill Guidance Manual. The existing guidance was updated to make it applicable to all remedial programs and standardize requirements for documentation.

Pursuant to ECL §3-0301(2)(z), written comments regarding this draft policy will be accepted for 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice in the Environmental Notice Bulletin. Comments should be submitted to Mr. Kevin Carpenter, Bureau of Technical Support, Division of Environmental Remediation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7020 or e-mailed to: derweb@dec.ny.gov.

The Draft Policy is available by writing Mr. Kevin Carpenter at the address above or calling (518) 402-9553. A copy may also be found on the Department's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2393.html.

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