§1391. Definitions

Link to law: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/10/048/01391
Published: 2015

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1391. Definitions

As used in this



"Abandoned well" means any well or hole whose original purpose and

use has been permanently discontinued or which is in such a state of disrepair

that the well or hole has the potential for transmitting contaminants into an

aquifer or otherwise threatens the public health or safety.


"Agency" means the agency of natural resources.


"Aquifer" means a water bearing stratum of permeable rock, sand,

gravel or other alluvial soils.


"Beneficial uses" means those uses included in each groundwater



"Commissioner" means the commissioner of the department of

environmental conservation or the commissioner's designated representative.


"Department" means the department of environmental conservation.


"Groundwater" means water below the land surface, but does not

include surface waters within the meaning of subdivision 1251(13) of this



"Hole" means any excavation, deeper than 20 feet with at least one

horizontal dimension less than five feet.

(9) "Public

water supply" means a water supply system with ten or more connections.


"Secretary" means the secretary of the agency of natural resources or

the secretary's designated representative.


"Servicing" means developing of well yields, placing liners or seals,

grouting, restricting the flow of flowing wells, repairing or closing wells and

installing or maintaining well pump systems. "Servicing" does not

include work performed on monitoring wells.


"Technical criteria" means the numerical parameters or scientific

parameters which, when followed, will result in groundwater suitable for the

uses defined in its class.


"Well" means any hole deeper than 20 feet drilled, driven or bored

into the earth to locate, monitor, extract or recharge groundwater or any hole

deeper than 20 feet drilled, driven or bored for the primary purpose of

transferring heat to or from the earth's subsurface.

(14) "Well

contractor" means any person who constructs or services wells. (Added

1985, No. 53, § 1; amended 1987, No. 76, § 18; 1989, No. 201 (Adj. Sess.), §