Nantucket Health Department is leading the way for Boards of Health across the Commonwealth by incorporating the most stringent PFAS Testing requirement in the state into its new Private Wells Regulations; Chapter 386.
In September 2023, the Nantucket Board of Health will be adopting updated Board of Health Regulations for Private Wells, Chapter 386. The Board of Health Staff worked with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Drinking Water Program to update their existing municipal regulation governing private wells. During this regulatory review the Health Department incorporated language from the “public comment period,” the MassDEP Drinking Water Program Model Board of Health Regulations for Private Wells (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection), and the MassDEP Private Well Guidelines. This updated regulation will be used by the BOH to regulate private wells used for drinking water and irrigation purposes. The new draft regulation includes private well testing for specific Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as recommended by MassDEP, EPA and the MA Department of Public Health.
The addition of the PFAS testing requirement includes PFAS testing during transfer of property with private wells and with new well permits. The updated regulations took into consideration the private well recommendations made by the Massachusetts PFAS Interagency Task Force in the report titled PFAS in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Final Report of the PFAS Interagency Task Force. The updated regulations will be adopted by the Nantucket Board of Health, pursuant to its authority under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 111, section 31.