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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Vulnerability Assessment

On June 12, 2002 the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism and Response Act (H.R. 3448) was passed by the federal government which requires that all community public water systems serving 3,300 people or more conduct a vulnerability assessment and prepare or revise, where necessary, an emergency response plan that incorporates the results of the vulnerability assessment.

The vulnerability assessments only needed to be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You are not required to submit a vulnerability assessment to NHDES. The VA contains information that should be kept in a secure location. It is recommended that systems do not send VA information to NHDES with their EP. It is also recommended that systems update their VA periodically. Even if a system is not required to do so, they should complete a VA. Not only does the VA provide beneficial information but grant funds may be available in the future for hardware projects which can be justified from the VA.

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