June 2023: Private Well testing for PFAS recommended for adoption by Nantucket Health Department

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.

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1. January 2023: Nantucket Landfill PFAS Sampling Report
2. Effective January 1, 2024: Testing of Drinking Water from Private Wells required prior to the Sale of Property
3. Effective January 1, 2024: Board of Health Adopts New Private Well Regulations that Require PFAS and Water Quality Sampling prior to Sale of Property
4. December 2023: The Town of Nantucket held its Annual PFAS Summit on December 12, 2023
5. October 2023: Town Manager, Select Board, Water Co., Health Dept. work to Establish Course of Action for Private Wells Contact MassDEP directly with questions about PFAS Sampling of Private Wells
6. August 2023: Nantucket Health & Fire Department work to address contractors hazardous material release (PFAS/ AFFF) at NFD
7. June 2023: Private Well testing for PFAS recommended for adoption by Nantucket Health Department
8. February 2023: The Town of Nantucket held its First Annual PFAS Summit on February 7, 2023