SECTION 1. Chapter 21 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 43 the following section:-
Section 43A. Any publicly owned wastewater treatment facility shall have an on-site reserve source of electric power available when there is failure to receive adequate electric power from a utility or other primary source. Such reserve source shall have the capability to generate as needed, electric power of sufficient capacity for the full operation of the facility during a power failure, independent of any local utility, regional electrical grid or other primary source.
The operator of the facility shall conduct regular tests of the reserve power source to assess its proper operation, at least once each annual quarterly period.
On and after January 1, 2024, every publicly owned wastewater treatment facility shall have and maintain an on-site reserve source of electric power that complies with this section, and any applicable regulation and requirement, including under an approved facility operations plan or permit, of the department of environment protection.
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