HB 261 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 261
SPONSORS: Rep. Grassie, Straf. 11; Rep. Adjutant, Graf. 17; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Murphy, Hills. 21
COMMITTEE: Resources, Recreation and Development
This bill requires the commissioner of the department of environmental services to revise rules relative to arsenic contamination in drinking water.
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19Mar2019... 0028h 19-0398
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
I. The commissioner shall initiate rulemaking pursuant to RSA 485-C:4, III within 120 days of the effective date of this paragraph to revise the ambient groundwater quality standard for arsenic to a value not to exceed 5 micrograms per liter.
II. The commissioner shall initiate rulemaking pursuant to RSA 485:3, I within 120 days of the effective date of this paragraph to adopt a maximum contaminant limit for arsenic to a value not to exceed 5 micrograms per liter for public water systems regulated by RSA 485-C.
190:1 Department of Environmental Services; Ambient Groundwater Quality Standards. By January 1, 2019, the commissioner of the department of environmental services shall review the ambient groundwater standard for arsenic to determine whether it should be lowered, taking into consideration the extent to which the contaminant is found in New Hampshire, the ability to detect the contaminant in public water systems, the ability to remove the contaminant from drinking water, the impact on public health, and the costs and benefits to affected entities that will result from establishing the standard. [Any proposed change to the ambient groundwater standard for arsenic shall require the approval of the general court.] On or before January 1, 2019, the commissioner shall submit a report of the findings to the chairpersons of the house and senate committees with jurisdiction over natural resources.
HB 261- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2019-0028h)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ ] State [ X ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
This bill requires the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental services to revise rules relative to arsenic contamination in drinking water. The Department indicates the bill would require it to lower the ambient groundwater quality standard (AGQS) and drinking water maximum contaminant level (MCL) from 10 ppb to a level no greater than 5 ppb. The Department states lowering the MCL would affect public water systems and lowering the AGQS would affect landfills and facilities that discharge to groundwater. In 2018 the Department developed cost estimates for compliance with these standards for all public and private facilities. These estimated costs are in the Table A below.
Number of Sites
Additional Annual Costs
Public water systems
Sewage lagoons, landfills and other facilities with groundwater discharge permits
Total Costs Estimated:
The Department identified 15 municipal water systems and public schools that would experience additional costs as a result of the MCL being lowered from 10 ppb to 5 ppb. These costs were based on a variety of factors including existing water treatment, design flow and increased use of expendable arsenic absorptive media. The Department also estimated the cost to for all public and private facilities affected by lowering the AGQS from 10 ppb to 5 ppb including landfills and facilities that discharge to groundwater. Based on the ownership of these facilities estimated impact on county expenditures would be $135,000 in FY 2021 ($110,000 for capital improvements) and $25,000 in each year thereafter. The cost to municipalities and school districts would be $2,619,000 in FY 2021 and $1,457,000 in each year thereafter, with $1,162,000 of capital improvement costs in FY 2021, the first year.
Department of Environmental Services
|Jan. 2, 2019||Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Resources, Recreation and Development HJ 2 P. 43|
|Feb. 12, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/12/2019 10:00 am LOB 305|
|March 6, 2019||Executive Session: 03/06/2019 10:00 am LOB 305|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0028h (Vote 17-1; CC)|
|March 19, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0028h for 03/19/2019 (Vote 17-1; CC) HC 16 P. 11|
|March 19, 2019||Amendment # 2019-0028h: AA VV 03/19/2019 HJ 10 P. 30|
|March 19, 2019||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0028h: MA VV 03/19/2019 HJ 10 P. 30|
|March 28, 2019||Introduced 03/28/2019 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 12|
|April 16, 2019||Hearing: 04/16/2019, Room 103, SH, 09:45 am; SC 18|
|May 23, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1983s, 05/23/2019; SC 23|
|Feb. 12, 2019||House||Hearing|
|March 6, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|March 19, 2019||House||Floor Vote|
|April 16, 2019||Senate||Hearing|
|May 23, 2019||Senate||Floor Vote|