Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a number of payments geared toward lowering ‘perpetually chemical compounds’ and different contamination in New Hampshire’s ingesting water programs.
Topping the raft of laws signed by Sununu is HB 236 , which can permit non-public property homeowners to sue polluters if they’ve skilled contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The brand new regulation units a six-month statute of limitations on authorized claims.
Sununu additionally signed HB 235 , which is geared toward defending non-public effectively homeowners whose water may very well be contaminated by setting new guidelines on small groundwater withdrawals.
“There is not any larger religion positioned within the authorities than if you flip in your faucet, refill a glass and hand it to your children,” Sununu mentioned in a press release. “We nonetheless have a protracted option to go, however the work now we have finished previously few years has simply been monumental and these payments are yet one more big step ahead for communities throughout New Hampshire.”
One other invoice, HB 271 , directs the state Division of Environmental Providers to ascertain most contaminant limits for PFAS compounds and we are going to present grants and loans to native governments to check for and remediate the contaminants.
The invoice’s major sponsor, state Rep. Rosemarie Rung, D-Merrimack, known as its approval “monumental” and mentioned it should give non-public effectively homeowners and native governments the “instruments they should remediate poisonous PFAS chemical compounds that pose a big threat to their life and well being.”
“Everybody deserves the power to drink their water with out concern of well being penalties,” Rung mentioned in a press release.
The Legislature earmarked $50 million for the brand new grant program as a part of the not too long ago permitted state finances, based on the Sununu administration.
PFAS chemical compounds had been as soon as utilized in merchandise starting from rain coats and firefighting foam to nonstick pans. They’ve been dubbed “perpetually chemical compounds” as a result of they accumulate within the human physique and might take hundreds of years to degrade.
Analysis has discovered potential hyperlinks between excessive ranges of PFAS and sicknesses, starting from kidney most cancers to excessive ldl cholesterol and issues in pregnancies.
The U.S. Environmental Safety Company has labeled the compounds as an “rising contaminant” linked to liver most cancers and different severe well being issues.
Dozens of states are weighing proposals to eradicate PFAS in meals packaging, firefighting foam and different merchandise, along with setting limits on the extent of contaminants in ingesting water.
New Hampshire set limits on 4 PFAS chemical compounds in public ingesting water provides, from 12 to fifteen ppt. The boundaries, which went into impact in 2019, had been among the many hardest within the nation.
There are at the moment no federal requirements for PFAS in ingesting water, however tips set a mixed restrict of 70 ppt.