HB1569 (2020) Detail

Requiring the department of environmental services to maintain a public registry of where certain fire suppressants have been used.


HB 1569-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

19Feb2020... 0182h

2020 SESSION

20-2599

08/06

 

HOUSE BILL 1569-FN

 

AN ACT requiring the department of environmental services to maintain a public registry of where certain fire suppressants have been used.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Murphy, Hills. 21; Rep. Petrigno, Hills. 23; Rep. Salloway, Straf. 5; Rep. Meuse, Rock. 29; Rep. Gay, Rock. 8; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Bushway, Rock. 21; Rep. French, Graf. 14; Rep. Eisner, Rock. 6; Rep. Edgar, Rock. 21; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Morgan, Dist 23

 

COMMITTEE: Resources, Recreation and Development

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires the department of environmental services to maintain a public registry of where certain fire suppressants have been used.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19Feb2020... 0182h

20-2599

08/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT requiring the department of environmental services to maintain a public registry of where certain fire suppressants have been used.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Class B Firefighting Foam Registry.  RSA 154:8-b, XI is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

XI.(a)  There is established in the department of environmental services a registry for compilation and analysis of information relating to the sites where the class B firefighting foam has been discharged, stored, captured, collected, managed, or disposed of.  Such registry shall be available to the public on the department of environmental services' Internet website.  

(b)  Any time a class B firefighting foam to which PFAS chemicals have been intentionally added is discharged, the person or municipality making such discharge shall notify the department of environmental services within 48 hours of such discharge.

(c)  Persons or municipalities shall notify the department of environmental services of all locations where class B firefighting foam is or has been stored, captured, collected, managed, or disposed of.

(d)  Within 120 days of the effective date of this paragraph, persons or municipalities shall notify the department of environmental services of any known dates and locations where class B firefighting foam has been discharged in the past.   

(e)  The commissioner of the department of environmental services shall adopt rules pursuant to RSA 541-A relative to the content and design of forms for reporting use of class B firefighting foam.  Reports shall include the location, date, time, and volume of the discharge.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

20-2599

Amended 2/27/20

 

HB 1569-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2020-0182h)

 

AN ACT requiring the department of environmental services to maintain a public registry of where certain fire suppressants have been used.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires the Department of Environmental Services to maintain a public registry of where certain fire suppressants have been used.  The Department of Environmental Services indicates this bill would require it to establish a publicly available registry for compilation and analysis of information related to the sites where Class B firefighting foam has been discharged, stored, captured, collected, managed or disposed.  The Department would be required to adopt rules relative to the content and design of forms for reporting use of the firefighting foam.  The Department states an additional 1/2 FTE position of Environmentalist IV will be necessary to create and maintain reporting forms and develop and maintain the electronic registry.  As no funding is provided for staff time, it is assumed all costs would come from the State General Fund.   The Department provided the following cost estimate:

 

 

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Part-time Environmentalist IV

$33,000

$33,000

$34,500

Benefits

$16,000

$16,600

$17,400

Other Expenses

$6,000

$4,900

$4,900

Total Cost

$55,000

$54,500

$56,800

 

Aside from the necessary position, the State fiscal impact is indeterminable.  There would be no fiscal impact to county and local government. The Department assumes existing fire department staff in each town would assume responsibility for reporting Class B foam use to the Department.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Environmental Services

 

Links

HB1569 at GenCourtMobile
HB1569 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 15, 2020 House Hearing
Jan. 21, 2020 House Hearing
Jan. 28, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 19, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1569 Revision: 8162 Date: Feb. 28, 2020, 1:21 p.m.
HB1569 Revision: 7207 Date: Dec. 3, 2019, 11:40 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Resources, Recreation and Development HJ 1 P. 27
Jan. 15, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/15/2020 10:00 am LOB 305
Jan. 21, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/21/2020 10:00 am LOB 305
Jan. 28, 2020 Executive Session: 01/28/2020 10:00 am LOB 305
Feb. 19, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0182h for 02/19/2020 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 7 P. 14
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0182h (Vote 19-0; CC)
Feb. 19, 2020 Amendment # 2020-0182h: AA VV 02/19/2020 HJ 4 P. 20
Feb. 19, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0182h: MA VV 02/19/2020 HJ 4 P. 20
March 11, 2020 Introduced 03/11/2020 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 7
June 16, 2020 Vacated from Committee and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020 SJ 8
June 16, 2020 No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8