HB 261 - FINAL VERSION
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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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
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:
208:1 Ambient Groundwater Quality Standards; Contaminants in Drinking Water.
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. Such standard shall take effect no later than July 1, 2021.
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. Such standards shall take effect no later than July 1, 2021.
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.
(1) Emergency remediation is necessary, where contamination to drinking water or groundwater is prevalent, or to assist with the capital costs of compliance with new or revised maximum contaminant levels or ambient groundwater quality standards.
Approved: July 12, 2019
Effective Date: October 10, 2019
|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|
July 12, 2019: Signed by Governor Sununu 07/12/2019; Chapter 208; Eff: 10/10/2019
June 27, 2019: Enrolled 06/27/2019 HJ 20 P. 53
June 27, 2019: Enrolled (In recess 06/27/2019); SJ 21
June 13, 2019: House Concurs with Senate Amendment 1983s and 2243s (Rep. Suzanne Smith): MA VV 06/13/2019 HJ 19 P. 11
May 23, 2019: Ought to Pass with Amendments 2019-1983s and 2019-2243s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/23/2019; SJ 17
May 23, 2019: Sen. Sherman Floor Amendment # 2019-2243s, AA, VV; 05/23/2019; SJ 17
May 23, 2019: Committee Amendment # 2019-1983s, AA, VV; 05/23/2019; SJ 17
May 23, 2019: Special Order to to the present time, Without Objection, MA; 05/23/2019; SJ 17
May 23, 2019: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1983s, 05/23/2019; SC 23
April 16, 2019: Hearing: 04/16/2019, Room 103, SH, 09:45 am; SC 18
March 28, 2019: Introduced 03/28/2019 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 12
March 19, 2019: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0028h: MA VV 03/19/2019 HJ 10 P. 30
March 19, 2019: Amendment # 2019-0028h: AA VV 03/19/2019 HJ 10 P. 30
: 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 6, 2019: Executive Session: 03/06/2019 10:00 am LOB 305
Feb. 12, 2019: Public Hearing: 02/12/2019 10:00 am LOB 305
Jan. 2, 2019: Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Resources, Recreation and Development HJ 2 P. 43