PUBLIC HEARING POSTPONED:  Please be advised that, in consideration of the review of agency rules being conducted under the Executive Orders issued by Governor Christie on January 20, 2010, the public hearing for this proposal has been postponed.  Notice of any rescheduled hearing will be provided in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.

Land Use Management
Division of Water Supply

Notice of Rule Proposal
Safe Drinking Water Act Rules, 7:10

Public Notice
Take notice that the NJ Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) rules, N.J.A.C. 7:10.  These rules establish the State primary and secondary drinking water regulations for public and nonpublic water systems, construction standards, fees, physical connections between an approved and an unapproved water supply, variance and exemption procedures, and provisions regarding civil administrative penalties and adjudicatory hearings under the New Jersey SDWA, N.J.S.A. 58:12A-1 et seq.    The Department is proposing amendments to the SDWA rules to (1) address certain process changes recommended by the Permit Efficiency Review Task Force (convened by the Commissioner of the Department in 2008 to comprehensively review the Department’s permitting programs) and (2) update the penalty and enforcement provisions to conform to the amendments to the SDWA at N.J.S.A. 58:12A-10 made by P.L. 2007, c. 246, commonly referred to as the Environmental Enforcement Enhancement Act, enacted effective January 2008.

The proposal is scheduled to be published in the New Jersey Register dated January 4, 2010.  A copy of the proposal is available from:  the DEP web site(PDF); phoning (609) 292-5550; County libraries; LexisNexis Customer Service at (800)223-1944 or   Be advised that there may be a fee for obtaining a copy of the proposal from some sources.

A public hearing concerning this proposal will be held on February 2, 2010, at 9:00 A.M.  at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Public Hearing Room, 1st Floor, 401 East State Street, Trenton, NJ, 08625.

Written comments may be submitted by March 5, 2010 to:

NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Janis E. Hoagland, Esq.
ATTN: DEP Docket No. 19-09-11/751
Office of Legal Affairs
PO Box 402
Trenton, New Jersey 08625