I am a co-sponsor of House Bill 485 that protects the unborn and infants from unsafe levels of chemicals, especially PFCs and 1.4-dioxane, in our drinking water. When enacted, this bill will help protect children and residents from unsafe levels of PFCs in Greenland, Rye, North Hampton, Merrimack, Litchfield, Manchester and Portsmouth. HB485 got a unanimous vote from the Subcommittee and is scheduled to be voted in committee on February 22, 2017. It’s expected to pass and be sent to the full House for a vote. Currently, EPA and NHDES feel that using adult rather than early life exposure is protective enough. We don't agree. This bill also protects the department by using a prescribed method and allowing the commissioner to enact criteria that are more stringent than the EPA.
Among many important things that the Governor specifically mentioned in his budget address is safe drinking water and protecting our most vulnerable - our children. These things go hand in hand when one talks about drinking water.
Supporting HB 485 and many others during this legislative session makes us an integral part of pushing forward on the Governor’s stated goals and this important effort in our state.
We know that PFCs are not safe in our drinking water at the current levels that NHDES allows. Ingestion of 50 ppt of PFOA (only one of the PFCs) has been shown to cause health effects in a landmark 69,000-person epidemiological study of DuPont workers. The results of this study have resulted in several judgements against DuPont and a $670 million dollar settlement this past week on 3,550 lawsuits
Other bills that seek to protect drinking water or address effects from are:
HB431 - Commission centers on protection of seacoast drinking water and mutual aid between towns
HB484 - Commission to continue the important work of the Task Force to investigate the Seacoast Pediatric Cancer Cluster
HB-511 - Commission to use existing data sources to identify threats to public health from environmental exposure. Also includes important development of guidelines for doctors and health care practitioners to respond to exposures from emerging contaminants (constituent requested amendment).
HB 507 establishing penalties for making drinking water non-potable
HB 486 protecting water resources by establishing state buffers around wetlands
HB 119 restoring state aid grants for water infrastructure
HB 173 giving municipality’s broader ability to prohibit lawn watering during droughts. (Passed RR&D)