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Public Notice of Intent to Issue a Categorical Exclusion for City of East Providence Water Utilities Division

Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is seeking public comment on intent to issue a Categorical Exclusion.

The Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health has reviewed for approval the request by the City of East Providence Water Utilities Division for a Categorical Exclusion determination for proposed replacement of water meters. The project consists of the purchase and installations of new water meters and interface units which will be either radio-frequency or cellular endpoints, all within the East Providence Water Utilities Division service area. In addition, the continuation of the City's cleaning and lining program will take place. During the cleaning and lining project known or newly discovered lead service lines will be replaced in their entirety. Accordingly, all known and newly discovered lead service line replacements will be conducted in advance of meter replacement so that meter changeout will not be performed on a lead service lines. Due to potential impacts associated with replacing lead service lines, mitigation measures will be put in place in accordance with the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions. These measures will be incorporated into the technical specifications of the construction contract documents and shall include flushing of the entire service line upon lead service line replacement, and providing each lead service line customer with a pitcher filter and 6-month supply of cartridges and guidance on use of the pitchers and filters, within 24 hours of lead service line replacement. Additionally, the City will collect a tap sample for lead analysis between three (3) and six (6) months following lead service line replacement and the results will be made available to the customer immediately upon receipt. The work will occur within East Providence, Rhode Island.

Under authority of Chapter 46.12-8 of the General Laws of Rhode Island, it has been determined that since any environmental impacts associated with this project will be mitigated as described above, the Director of RIDOH is hereby giving notice of intent to issue a Categorical Exclusion for the proposed project pursuant to the requirements and authority set forth in Chapter 46-12.8 of the General Laws of Rhode Island and the "Drinking Water State Revolving Fund" Regulations (216-RICR-50-05-6).

All material submitted for review is available for public inspection weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Rhode Island Department of Health, Center for Drinking Water Quality, Three Capitol Hill, Room 209, Providence, RI 02908.

Written comments should be sent to the Center for Drinking Water Quality at the address above or emailed to DOH.RIDWQ@health.ri.gov within thirty (30) days of the date of this notice.

A public comment hearing on the proposed intent to issue a categorical exclusion will be held if RIDOH receives such a request by twenty-five (25) persons, or by a governmental agency, or by an association having not less than twenty-five (25) members, within ten (10) days of published notice. If a public comment hearing is held, it will be open to the public, recorded and held at least five (5) days before the end of the public-comment period. A hearing will not be held earlier than ten (10) days after notice of its location, date, and time published. A request for a public comment hearing should be sent to the Center for Drinking Water Quality at the address above or emailed to DOH.RIDWQ@health.ri.gov. Notice should be taken that if RIDOH receives a request on or before 4:30 PM, May 31, 2023, a public comment hearing will be held at the following time and place:

June 14, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. RIDOH Auditorium 3 Capitol Hill Providence, Rhode Island 02908

Interested persons should contact RIDOH to confirm if a hearing will be held at the time and location noted above.

A stenographic record of the hearing will be made, and the public record will be kept open for seven (7) days following the conclusion of the public comment hearing to allow additional time for the submission of written comments.

The location of the public comment hearing will be accessible to the handicapped. Interpreter services for people with hearing impairment and audiotapes for people with vision impairment will be made available. The Department of Health is handicap accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Please call RIDOH at 401-222-6867 for further information. For individuals requesting communication assistance, call Rhode Island Relay (TTY) at 711 or 800-745-5555 at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance.

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