SB 287-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
SENATE BILL 287-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Chandley, Dist 11; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Le, Rock. 31; Rep. Malloy, Rock. 23; Rep. Bushway, Rock. 21; Rep. Murphy, Hills. 21
COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources
This bill sets maximum contaminant limits for perfluorochemicals 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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
02/13/2020 0079s 19-1109
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 maximum contaminant levels for the following shall be:
(a) Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA): 12 parts per trillion.
(b) Perfluoroctanesulfonic acid (PFOS): 15 parts per trillion.
(c) Perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS): 18 parts per trillion.
(d) Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA): 11 parts per trillion.
II. By November 1, 2020, and at least annually thereafter, the commissioner of the department of environmental services shall report to the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate, the chairperson of the house committee on science, technology, and energy, the chairperson of the senate committee on energy and natural resources, the chairperson of the joint legislative committee on administrative rules, and the governor, with a recommendation regarding the adjustment of the maximum contaminant levels set in paragraph I.
III. The commissioner of the department of environmental services may adopt maximum contaminant levels different than those set forth in paragraph I if, accounting for an adequate margin of safety to protect human health at all life stages, including but not limited to pre-natal development, the commissioner determines the maximum contaminant levels in paragraph I need adjustment for the protection of human health.
SB 287-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE (AMENDMENT #2020-0079s)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ X ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill sets maximum contaminant limits (MCLs) for four perfluorochemicals (PFAS) in drinking water. The bill requires the Department of Environmental Services to report annually to various legislative committees if the MCLs should change in order to protect human health. The MCLs in the bill are the same as the levels the Department determined to be protective of human health in June 2019. Current laws and administrative rules require all community and non-community, non-transient public water systems to routinely test for, and comply with the MCLs. In addition, establishing an MCL in statute creates an equivalent Ambient Groundwater Quality Standard (AGQS) which is the basis for waste site remediation of groundwater and for permits to discharge certain wastewater onto or into the ground. The Department assumes the entities required to comply with these MCLs (non-transient public water systems) and AGQSs (groundwater permit holders and owners of contaminated properties) have not all sampled for the four PFAS compounds. Accordingly, it is impossible to determine what the actual costs will be to state, county and local entities. While sampling of public water systems has not been completed, the Department can provide a range of potential costs for public water system treatment. These estimates were developed to accompany the recent MCL rulemaking for these compounds. That methodology assumed 9% of sources of public water would need to be treated, estimated an associated water volume and then looked at a range of potential costs using data available from systems that are currently treating. The result was a cost estimate for initial water treatment ranging from $65 million to $142.8 million, and ongoing annual operating and maintenance costs ranging from $6.9 million to $13.4 million. The Department believes that is a conservative (or high) estimate because it assumed all systems would use treatment versus blending or abandoning wells with high levels of these PFAS. Additional sampling since the Fall indicates that the occurrence of contamination may be less than 9%.
In addition, landfills, contaminated sites and groundwater discharge sites must comply with the AGQS. The cost to those sites for compliance is also indeterminable, but the Department has published information on the potential costs for such facilities based on limited sampling. This information is posted on the Department’s Website at:
Based on the assumptions and analysis in the report, the following ranges of potential cost were derived:
Type of Facility
Initial Corrective Action Costs
Annual Operating Costs
Active Hazardous Waste Sites
$2.3 to $4 .4 million
$980k to $1.8 million
$935k to $1.75 million
$465k to $770k
Groundwater Discharge Permit Sites
$849k to $1.6 million
Department of Environmental Services
|Feb. 12, 2019||Senate||Hearing|
|Jan. 14, 2020||Senate||Hearing|
|Jan. 30, 2020||Senate||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 30, 2020||Senate||Floor Vote|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Senate||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 4|
|Feb. 12, 2019||Hearing: 02/12/2019, Room 103, SH, 10:00 am; SC 10|
|March 14, 2019||Committee Report: Rereferred to Committee, 03/14/2019; 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||Special Order to the end of the Regular Calendar, Without Objection, MA; 01/08/2020; SJ 1|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Sen. Watters Moved to refer SB 287 back to Energy and Natural Resources, MA, VV; 01/08/2020; SJ 1|
|Jan. 14, 2020||Hearing: 01/14/2020, Room 103, SH, 09:15 am, on proposed amendment # 2020-0040s; SC 2|
|Jan. 30, 2020||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0079s, 01/30/2020; SC 4|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Special Order to 02/13/2020, Without Objection, MA; 01/30/2020 SJ 2|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0079s, 02/13/2020; SC 6|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Committee Amendment # 2020-0079s, AA, VV; 02/13/2020; SJ 4|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0079s, RC 24Y-0N, MA; OT3rdg; 02/13/2020; SJ 4|
|Feb. 20, 2020||Introduced 02/20/2020 and referred to Resources, Recreation and Development|
|June 30, 2020||Vacated and Laid on Table MA VV 06/30/2020|