HB261 (2019) Detail

Requiring the commissioner of the department of environmental services to revise rules relative to arsenic contamination in drinking water.


CHAPTER 208

HB 261 - FINAL VERSION

 

19Mar2019... 0028h

05/23/2019   1983s

05/23/2019   2243s

2019 SESSION

19-0398

08/06

 

HOUSE BILL 261

 

AN ACT requiring the commissioner of the department of environmental services to revise rules relative to arsenic contamination in drinking water.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Grassie, Straf. 11; Rep. Adjutant, Graf. 17; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Murphy, Hills. 21

 

COMMITTEE: Resources, Recreation and Development

 

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ANALYSIS

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19Mar2019... 0028h

05/23/2019   1983s

05/23/2019   2243s

19-0398

08/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT requiring the commissioner of the department of environmental services to revise rules relative to arsenic contamination in drinking water.

 

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.

208:2  Ambient Groundwater Quality Standards.  Amend 2018, 190:1 to read as follows:

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.

208:3  Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission.  Amend RSA 485-F:4, VII(a)(1) to read as follows:

(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.

208:4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 90 days after its passage.

 

Approved: July 12, 2019

Effective Date: October 10, 2019

 

 

Links

HB261 at GenCourtMobile
HB261 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 12, 2019 House Hearing
March 6, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 19, 2019 House Floor Vote
April 16, 2019 Senate Hearing
May 23, 2019 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB261 Revision: 6556 Date: Dec. 3, 2019, 3:39 p.m.
HB261 Revision: 6336 Date: June 13, 2019, 3:51 p.m.
HB261 Revision: 6070 Date: May 24, 2019, 2:49 p.m.
HB261 Revision: 5571 Date: April 1, 2019, 12:08 p.m.
HB261 Revision: 4399 Date: Dec. 28, 2018, 9 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
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
May 23, 2019 Special Order to to the present time, Without Objection, MA; 05/23/2019; SJ 17
May 23, 2019 Committee Amendment # 2019-1983s, AA, VV; 05/23/2019; SJ 17
May 23, 2019 Sen. Sherman Floor Amendment # 2019-2243s, AA, VV; 05/23/2019; SJ 17
May 23, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendments 2019-1983s and 2019-2243s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/23/2019; SJ 17
June 13, 2019 House Concurs with Senate Amendment 1983s and 2243s (Rep. Suzanne Smith): MA VV 06/13/2019 HJ 19 P. 11
June 27, 2019 Enrolled (In recess 06/27/2019); SJ 21
June 27, 2019 Enrolled 06/27/2019 HJ 20 P. 53
July 12, 2019 Signed by Governor Sununu 07/12/2019; Chapter 208; Eff: 10/10/2019