SB 181-FN - AS INTRODUCED
SENATE BILL 181-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Morgan, Dist 23; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Rep. Somssich, Rock. 27; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Janvrin, Rock. 37; Rep. K. Murray, Rock. 24; Rep. Bushway, Rock. 21
COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services
This bill requires the department of health and human services to monitor the air for certain radioactive air pollutants.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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:
125-C:22 Monitoring Airborne Radioactive Material.
I. In this section:
(a) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the department of health and human services.
(b) "Department" means the department of health and human services.
II. The department shall develop a network of stations in order to monitor in real-time the movement, dispersal, and re-concentration of any radioactive gaseous, liquid, or solid airborne material. The department shall use the information from such stations to determine the extent and seriousness of radiation doses received by humans and animal life. Such information may be shared with other state agencies or agencies of other states, or with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or any other federal agency, or with any other persons or institutions the commissioner deems appropriate.
III. The department shall publish and make available to the general public on a semi-annual basis, a summary and discussion of the information collected under paragraph II for the previous 6 months.
SB 181-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
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This bill adds a new section after RSA 125-C:21 requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a network of stations to monitor radioactive airborne material, determine the extent of radiation doses received by humans and animal life, and share information with other agencies as the Commissioner deems appropriate. The bill also requires the Department every six months to publicly publish a summary of the information collected.
The Department notes there are currently two air monitoring stations, one in Portsmouth and one in Concord, which are monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Department assumes it would install six stations for the purposes of the bill at a cost of approximately $3,500 for each station. The Department states a new full-time Laboratory Scientist III position at labor grade 20 step 5 would need to be hired to manage the devices, collect data, complete analysis, and compile semi-annual reports. Position cost estimates include salary, benefits, travel, office space, and a one-time expense in FY 2020 for equipment. Total cost estimates provided by the Department for the position, technology, and maintenance are the following:
Laboratory Scientist III (LG 20 Step 5)
Department of Health and Human Services
|Feb. 7, 2019||Senate||Hearing|
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 4|
|Feb. 7, 2019||Hearing: 02/07/2019, Room 101, LOB, 01:30 pm; SC 9|
|March 14, 2019||Committee Report: Rereferred to Committee, 03/14/2019; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 13|
|March 14, 2019||Rereferred to Committee, MA, VV; 03/14/2019; SJ 8|
|Committee Report: Referred to Interim Study|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Committee Report: Referred to Interim Study, 01/08/2020; SC 47|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Sen. Sherman Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV; 01/08/2020; SJ 1|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Pending Motion Interim Study; 01/08/2020; SJ 1|