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Two Issues; NPDES Permits - Water Well Construction


To: Illinois Section AWWA Members:

Please read the following information from Maureen Mulhall, one of ISAWWA's Legislative Liaisons, and use the link at the bottom of her e-mail to take you directly to the Illinois Register containing both of the proposed rules that may be of interest to drinking water systems. If you do submit personal comments or those of your employer, you may do so directly to IDPH at the address listed within the proposed rule. Please send any comments that you would like the WUC to review for possible submittal on behalf of ISAWWA to

Thank you,

Jerry Bever,

There were 2 sets of proposed rules published this month that may be of interest to ISAWWA members, especially the second rule for closed loop wells. The link to the Illinois Register for the full text is at the bottom of the page. In both sets of proposed rules the deadline to provide comment is January 28.


Please see the following at the link provided below:

1) Illinois Register, Issue # 50 (December 14, 2012) - Proposed Rule for EPA - regarding NPDES and sludge - pages 17297 through 17305.

The corresponding Flinn Report (attached) synopsis reads:

WATER POLLUTION - The ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY proposed amendments to "Permit Fees for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permits and Domestic Sewage Sludge Generator or Sludge User Permits" (35 Ill Adm Code 325; 36 Ill Reg 17297) that require permit holders to sign permit termination or modification requests (currently, rule requires written requests to be sent to the Agency but does not specify that they be signed). The rulemaking also implements Public Act 97-962 that sets new fees for large, medium and small concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) as defined by federal regulation. The fees are $750, $350 and $150, respectively.

Entities affected by this rulemaking include small businesses that are CAFOs.

Questions/requests for copies/comments through 1/28/13: Joanne M. Olson, EPA, 1021 N. Grand Avenue East, PO Box 19276, Springfield IL 62794-9276, 217/782-5544; email

2) Illinois Register, Issue # 50 (December 14, 2012) - Proposed Rule for DPH - regarding IL Water Well Construction - pages 17308 through 17366.

The corresponding Flinn Report synopsis reads:

WELL CONSTRUCTION - The DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH proposed amendments to "Illinois Water Well Construction Code" (77 Ill Adm Code 920; 36 Ill Reg 17308) implementing Public Act 97- 363 which amend both the Water Well and Pump Installation Contractor's License Act and the Water Well Construction Code. The rulemaking clarifies closed loop well standards and adds requirements for closed well loop contractor certification. (A closed loop well is a sealed, watertight loop of pipe, buried outside of a building foundation, which re-circulates liquid through a heat exchanger.) The rulemaking also revises the definition of "closed loop well" to exclude attached piping and to exclude systems that do not require grouting. DPH also added a new table that clarifies setback requirements between closed loop wells, water wells and sources of contamination and sets new setback requirements for closed loop wells using US Pharmacopeia food grade propylene glycol as a coolant and closed loop wells using other types of coolant. A number of technical changes have also been made such as adding and revising updating incorporations by reference, and revising terminology for consistency with DPH rules. This rulemaking contains numerous amendments that cannot adequately be summarized here. For further information please contact DPH staff listed below.

Businesses that install or service closed loop wells are affected.

Questions/requests for copies/comments through 1/28/13: Susan Meister, DPH, 535 W. Jefferson St., 5th Fl., Springfield IL, 62761, 217/782-2043, e-mail:

Link to the Register:

Brought to you as an Illinois Section AWWA member benefit from the Water Utility Council.

Illinois Section American Water Works Association
545 S. Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174
Phone: 866-521-3595
Fax: 866-521-3591



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