WATER QUALITY

Senate Committee Advances PFC Water Bill

The state Senate Energy Committee voted 5-0 to approve an amendment to House Bill 463, which would better protect state residents from PFCs in our water.

This bill requires the state Department of Environmental Services to to initiate rulemaking to consider states with lower standards that reasonably protect the public, particularly pre-natal and childhood health.

The bill will go to the Senate floor next week, and the amendment passed despite opposition from the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire and DES. Rye Representative and bill sponsor Mindi Messmer says the bill sends an important message that it's an important issue to protect our most vulnerable populations, Mindi Messmer says.