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The objective of the meeting was to continue to share information and promote public health and collaboration across Town Departments for activities and projects related to PFAS. View the agenda and list of attendees HERE.
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The Town, with assistance from a contract with CDM Smith, Inc., completed the sampling of ground water and surface water at the Nantucket Landfill as approved by submission (SW-22) to Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) in September 2023. The report testing results performed in October 2023 appear in a report submitted to MassDEP on January 29, and are available here.
The Town’s testing plan and MassDEP SW-22 document for this work is available here. The testing results performed in October 2023 appear in a report submitted to MassDEP on January 29, and are available here.
Based on MassDEP recommendations the Nantucket Board of Health adopted new Private Well Regulations effective 1/1/24 and are available at (Private Well Regulations- Chapter 386) for review. The updated regulations include specific water quality testing requirements (including PFAS) prior to the sale of a property that is being serviced by a private well for drinking water.
The testing requirements are outlined in Chapter 386 (VIII) (4). Owners must use a MassDEP/ EPA certified laboratory. To facilitate this testing requirement, the BOH has partnered with the water quality sampling program that is administered by the Barnstable County Lab.
If electing to use the Barnstable County Lab, individual home owners, real estate agents, property caretakers and others may pick up water quality testing kits at the Board of Health office at 131 Pleasant Street. The (2) testing kits *which must be completed include:
*All testing kits include a separate shipping fee of $10 for each kit, payable when kits are dropped at BOH.
Payment: Individual checks for sampling analysis must be made out to Barnstable County and included when samples are submitted @ BOH for processing. A separate fee of $10 per kit must be paid when the kits are dropped at the BOH.
Each testing kit will include bottles, instructions and a Chain of Custody form which must be completed, signed and submitted with the samples. These samples will be analyzed by the Barnstable County Lab (or their designee) and the laboratory reports will be distributed to the property owner and the Board of Health for review and approval.
Please be aware that the samples for the Barnstable County Lab must be dropped off at the BOH (with payment) on Tuesday mornings by 9:00 am and will then be delivered by the Town to the lab for processing. Due to the volume, it is currently taking approximately 15 days for the samples to be processed by the lab.
Please send any questions or comments concerning the sampling requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nantucket Board of Health adopted new Private Well Regulations on 9/21/23, effective 1/1/24. See (Private Well Regulations- Chapter 386). The updated regulations included recommended language from the MassDEP “Model Board of Health Regulations for Private Wells” (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection) as well as language received during the public comment period. Effective 1/1/24, Chapter 386 (VIII) (4) “Water Quality Testing Requirements” requires private well testing for specific substances (including PFAS) prior to the sale of property per 386 (VIII) (9). See this spreadsheet to find a MassDEP certified lab to test for PFAS and/or visit the MassDEP Online Searchable Laboratory Certification Listing for assistance. Disclaimer: The Town of Nantucket doesn’t endorse any specific lab. Water quality test results must be submitted to the Board of Health – (386 (VIII) (12)) for review. Please send any questions or comments concerning the regulations to email@example.com.
The Town of Nantucket has responded to neighborhood concerns about the presence of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) in the private wells that were sampled by MassDEP. The Town is working with MassDEP, the Water Company and its consultants to see if MassDEP SRF “Emergency Funds” or other funding sources are available for remediation efforts. The Town is working to establish a course of action.
The Town will continue to reach out to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and abide by the rules and procedures that they have been set forth.
Representatives from Nantucket Health and Fire Department and ACV Environmental Services (responsible for December 2022 PFAS/AFFF) release) met with representatives from MassDEP – Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup (BWSC) to respond to MassDEP’s “NOTICE OF AUDIT/ REQUEST FOR SITE INSPECTION” concerning “Release Tracking Number: 4-0029633” for the PFAS/AFFF release at 4 Fairgrounds Road, Nantucket MA. MassDEP’s is tasked with ensuring the cleanup of oil and hazardous material (OHM) under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) (310CMR 40.000 et seq). MassDEP completed their audit and will submit a report with their Audit Findings to AVC Environmental and their Licensed Site Professional (LSP) and the Town of Nantucket. Findings of the audit will be posted on this site. Please see these links for: the Notice of Responsibility and the Notice of Audit from MassDEP- BWSC.
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.
The objective of the meeting was to review ongoing efforts related to the assessment and management of PFAS on the Island related to the Surfside WWTF and the landfill operations. View the agenda, meeting minutes and list of attendees HERE.