Hawaii guidance memorandum rescinded
US EPA announced in September that it would be rescinding its guidance memorandum, Applying the Supreme Court’s County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund Decision in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program. The guidance memorandum, which was published in January, was meant to provide technical guidance to regulators and groundwater users and permitting authorities on applying the decision of the US Supreme Court in the County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund case as it pertains to the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program. Read the full statement here.
NGWA seeking public comment on well standard
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) is seeking comments on the proposed NGWA-01-2X Water Well Construction Standard, which was last revised in 2017. This process is being initiated according to the American National Standards Institute’s requirement that all standards be routinely revised, reaffirmed, or withdrawn to ensure content remains relevant. Public review period is now open through November 1.
The Water Well Construction Standard is a performance standard encompassing municipal, residential, agricultural, monitoring and industrial water production wells. Sections include:
- Well site selection
- Casing and casing installation
- Screens, filter pack and formation stabilizer
- Plumbness and alignment
- Well development
- Testing for performance
- Data recording
- Disinfection with chlorine
- Water sampling and analysis
- Permanent well and test-hole decommissioning
The standard review process is crucial to ensure an open, unbiased document that has been available to any interested parties for comment and review. For more information, contact Mark Jones at email@example.com, or (800) 551-7379 (614 898-7791), ext. 1514.