40 CFR 142.65 - Variances and exemptions from the maximum contaminant levels for radionuclides.

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§ 142.65 Variances and exemptions from the maximum contaminant levels for radionuclides.
(a)
(1) Variances and exemptions from the maximum contaminant levels for combined radium-226 and radium-228, uranium, gross alpha particle activity (excluding Radon and Uranium), and beta particle and photon radioactivity.
(i) The Administrator, pursuant to section 1415(a)(1)(A) of the Act, hereby identifies the following as the best available technology, treatment techniques, or other means available for achieving compliance with the maximum contaminant levels for the radionuclides listed in § 141.66(b), (c), (d), and (e) of this chapter, for the purposes of issuing variances and exemptions, as shown in Table A to this paragraph.
Table A—BAT for Radionuclides Listed in § 141.66
Contaminant BAT
Combined radium-226 and radium-228 Ion exchange, reverse osmosis, lime softening.
Uranium Ion exchange, reverse osmosis, lime softening, coagulation/filtration.
Gross alpha particle activity (excluding radon and uranium) Reverse osmosis.
Beta particle and photon radioactivity Ion exchange, reverse osmosis.
(ii) In addition, the Administrator hereby identifies the following as the best available technology, treatment techniques, or other means available for achieving compliance with the maximum contaminant levels for the radionuclides listed in § 141.66(b), (c), (d), and (e) of this chapter, for the purposes of issuing variances and exemptions to small drinking water systems, defined here as those serving 10,000 persons or fewer, as shown in Table C to this paragraph.
Table B—List of Small Systems Compliance Technologies for Radionuclides and Limitations to Use
Unit technologies Limitations (see footnotes) Operator skill level required 1 Raw water quality range &considerations 1
1 National Research Council (NRC). Safe Water from Every Tap: Improving Water Service to Small Communities. National Academy Press. Washington, D.C. 1997.
2 A POU, or “point-of-use” technology is a treatment device installed at a single tap used for the purpose of reducing contaminants in drinking water at that one tap. POU devices are typically installed at the kitchen tap. See the April 21, 2000 NODA for more details.
Limitations Footnotes: Technologies for Radionuclides:
a The regeneration solution contains high concentrations of the contaminant ions. Disposal options should be carefully considered before choosing this technology.
b When POU devices are used for compliance, programs for long-term operation, maintenance, and monitoring must be provided by water utility to ensure proper performance.
c Reject water disposal options should be carefully considered before choosing this technology. See other RO limitations described in the SWTR compliance technologies table.
d The combination of variable source water quality and the complexity of the water chemistry involved may make this technology too complex for small surface water systems.
e Removal efficiencies can vary depending on water quality.
f This technology may be very limited in application to small systems. Since the process requires static mixing, detention basins, and filtration, it is most applicable to systems with sufficiently high sulfate levels that already have a suitable filtration treatment train in place.
g This technology is most applicable to small systems that already have filtration in place.
h Handling of chemicals required during regeneration and pH adjustment may be too difficult for small systems without an adequately trained operator.
i Assumes modification to a coagulation/filtration process already in place.
1. Ion exchange (IE) (a) Intermediate All ground waters.
2. Point of use (POU 2 ) IE (b) Basic All ground waters.
3. Reverse osmosis (RO) (c) Advanced Surface waters usually require pre-filtration.
4. POU 2 RO (b) Basic Surface waters usually require pre-filtration.
5. Lime softening (d) Advanced All waters.
6. Green sand filtration (e) Basic.
7. Co-precipitation with barium sulfate (f) Intermediate to Advanced Ground waters with suitable water quality.
8. Electrodialysis/electrodialysis reversal Basic to Intermediate All ground waters.
9. Pre-formed hydrous manganese oxide filtration (g) Intermediate All ground waters.
10. Activated alumina (a), (h) Advanced All ground waters; competing anion concentrations may affect regeneration frequency.
11. Enhanced coagulation/filtration (i) Advanced Can treat a wide range of water qualities.
Table C—BAT for Small Community Water Systems for the Radionuclides Listed in § 141.66
Contaminant Compliance technologies 1 for system size categories (population served)
25-500 501-3,300 3,300-10,000
1 Note: Numbers correspond to those technologies found listed in the table B to this paragraph.
Combined radium-226 and radium-228 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Gross alpha particle activity 3, 4 3, 4 3, 4.
Beta particle activity and photon activity 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4.
Uranium 1, 2, 4, 10, 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11.
(2) A State shall require community water systems to install and/or use any treatment technology identified in Table A to this section, or in the case of small water systems (those serving 10,000 persons or fewer), Table B and Table C of this section, as a condition for granting a variance except as provided in paragraph (a)(3) of this section. If, after the system's installation of the treatment technology, the system cannot meet the MCL, that system shall be eligible for a variance under the provisions of section 1415(a)(1)(A) of the Act.
(3) If a community water system can demonstrate through comprehensive engineering assessments, which may include pilot plant studies, that the treatment technologies identified in this section would only achieve a de minimus reduction in the contaminant level, the State may issue a schedule of compliance that requires the system being granted the variance to examine other treatment technologies as a condition of obtaining the variance.
(4) If the State determines that a treatment technology identified under paragraph (a)(3) of this section is technically feasible, the Administrator or primacy State may require the system to install and/or use that treatment technology in connection with a compliance schedule issued under the provisions of section 1415(a)(1)(A) of the Act. The State's determination shall be based upon studies by the system and other relevant information.
(5) The State may require a community water system to use bottled water, point-of-use devices, point-of-entry devices or other means as a condition of granting a variance or an exemption from the requirements of § 141.66 of this chapter, to avoid an unreasonable risk to health.
(6) Community water systems that use bottled water as a condition for receiving a variance or an exemption from the requirements of § 141.66 of this chapter must meet the requirements specified in either § 142.62(g)(1) or § 142.62(g)(2) and (g)(3).
(7) Community water systems that use point-of-use or point-of-entry devices as a condition for obtaining a variance or an exemption from the radionuclides NPDWRs must meet the conditions in § 142.62(h)(1) through (h)(6).
(b) [Reserved]
[65 FR 76751, Dec. 7, 2000]

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