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TCEQ Proposes New Rules Incorporating the Federal Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) Requirements

October 2016 – On Sept. 21, 2016, TCEQ commissioners approved publication of rulemaking that amends 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Section 290 to make it consistent with the federal RTCR, to address EPA comments on the federal Groundwater Rule, and to provide clarification on existing state rules.
 

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The proposed rulemaking incorporates rule language consistent with the RTCR, and includes the EPA’s primacy revision crosswalk. The crosswalk is a side-by-side comparison of the federal requirements and the corresponding state regulations. Additionally, the rulemaking proposes to align current state rules to provide consistency. It also updates other requirements such as:

  • Lead and Copper Rules (LCR);
  • Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Rule and federal monitoring and reporting requirements concerning TOC;
  • Public Notice (PN) Rule requirements;
  • disinfection and analytical requirements for chlorine dioxide and chlorite; and
  • submission of laboratory analyses and reports to the TCEQ executive director.

The rulemaking also proposes to clarify and streamline existing state rules including:

  • disinfection treatment and monitoring requirements for public water systems (PWS) that utilize a groundwater source;
  • PWS ownership reporting requirements;
  • boil water notice (BWN) reporting requirements
  • nitrite monitoring requirements;
  • disinfection operating reports;
  • continuous turbidity monitoring and reporting; and
  • well record-keeping requirements.

The proposed rules will be published in the Texas Register on Oct. 7, 2016, which opens the comment period. The proposed rules will be open for comments for 45 days. Comments are due by Nov. 22, 2016. The Drinking Water Advisory Work Group will hold a meeting on Oct. 25, 2016, in Austin at the TCEQ headquarters, located at 12015 Park 35 Circle, Building E, Room 201S and 254S, from 9:00 – noon. The meeting will present an overview of the proposed rule. The TCEQ will hold a public hearing on Nov. 7, 2016, also at the TCEQ headquarters, in the same location, at 2:00 pm. The rules are scheduled for adoption on Mar. 8, 2017, and will be effective Mar. 30, 2017.

To obtain a copy of the proposed rule, visit the TCEQ website at: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/rules/prop.html

For more information on providing comments to the TCEQ, visit our website at: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/about/comments.html