An Act To Protect Maine Families by Enhancing Well Water Regulation
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §565, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 1991, c. 499, §2 and affected by §26, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 38 MRSA c. 35 is enacted to read:
WELL WATER TESTING PROGRAM
§ 3201. Definitions
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
§ 3202. Testing required; schedule
A potable well must be tested for basic pollutants in accordance with the following requirements.
§ 3203. Testing and fees
The department by rule shall establish testing procedures for carrying out the purposes of this chapter. Fees charged for testing must be calculated and deposited according to Title 22, section 565, subsection 3 and Title 22, section 568, except that testing of a potable well within a contaminated area must be done free of all charges.
§ 3204. Coordination
The department shall coordinate its responsibilities under this chapter with those of the Department of Health and Human Services under Title 22, chapter 601. The Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory established under Title 22, section 565 shall provide all testing services required by the department under this chapter.
§ 3205. Rules
The department shall adopt rules necessary to implement this chapter. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Sec. 3. Funding. The Department of Environmental Protection shall determine the costs of implementing this Act and, in consultation with the Public Utilities Commission and the Efficiency Maine Trust, identify appropriate funding sources to pay those costs. The department shall submit its findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs by January 15, 2018.
This bill requires all private wells used to provide water for human consumption to be tested for basic pollutants in accordance with rules adopted by the Department of Environmental Protection. The wells are required to be tested at least once every 5 years, and all new wells created after July 1, 2018 are required to be tested. All fees are waived for testing a well within an area in which there is a known environmental hazard or dispersal of pollutants that may contaminate the well.
The Department of Environmental Protection is required to determine the costs of implementing this legislation and, in consultation with the Public Utilities Commission and the Efficiency Maine Trust, identify appropriate funding sources to pay those costs. The department is required to submit its findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs by January 15, 2018.