Water contamination bill remains in NH House
Water contamination bill remains in NH House.
"Otherwise if they didn’t want to do that, they could have just killed it."
"The more of these you have in your body the more likely you are to develop chronic illnesses," she said previously.
The House committee is supposed to take up the bill again on Wednesday afternoon, Messmer said.
The bill passed the House by an overwhelming margin last week, but was sent to the House Finance Subcommittee after state Department of Environmental Services officials said it could end up costing more than $30 million if passed into law.
A memo shared with state lawmakers stated Messmer’s bill "provides no consideration of cost, contaminant prevalence or likelihood of making a significant impact on public health protection."
"The consequences would likely include significant additional costs for water system customers."
The EPA classified PFOS and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, as "contaminants of emerging concern" because of their potential harm to humans.
The health advisory level for PFOS and PFOA is 70 parts per trillion, but Messmer maintains the state should lower the level to 20 parts per trillion, like Vermont has done.
If the House committee approves the bill with an amendment, it will then go back before the entire House for another vote, Messmer said, and then cross over to the Senate.