HB141 (2021) Detail

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


HB 141-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0086

08/06

 

HOUSE BILL 141-FN

 

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

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Rung, Hills. 21; Rep. Edgar, Rock. 21; Rep. Petrigno, Hills. 23; Rep. Meuse, Rock. 29; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Levesque, Straf. 4; Rep. Weston, Graf. 8; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0086

08/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

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  RSA 154:8-b, XI is repealed and reenacted to read as follows: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.

 

LBA

21-0086

10/13/20

 

HB 141-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

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 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

FY 2024

   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 estimates the cost of the position will be $51,000 in FY 2022, $52,000 in FY 2023 and $54,000 in FY 2024.  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

HB141 at GenCourtMobile
HB141 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
March 8, 2021 House Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

HB141 Revision: 31856 Date: Jan. 12, 2021, 1:02 p.m.
HB141 Revision: 31402 Date: Jan. 4, 2021, 2:02 p.m.

Docket


March 8, 2021: Public Hearing: 03/08/2021 01:00 pm Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/97343187968


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 2 P. 36


Jan. 6, 2021: To Be Introduced 01/06/2021 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration


Jan. 6, 2020: To Be Introduced 01/06/2020 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration