The House will address environmental issues on Wednesday


PFAS, landfills, water quality: The House will consider a slew of bills dealing with environmental issues facing the state when the plenum convenes this Wednesday. Here are some of the main issues they will be voting on.


A proposal to ban the sale of products containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals “forever” is due to be voted on Wednesday, after failing to win approval from the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee. Instead, the panel unanimously recommended further study into the issue “given that there is an incredible amount of items made with PFAS,” according to the committee’s report. Merrimack Republican Rep. Bill Boyd introduced House Bill 1589 as a way to stop chemical pollution at its source.

Another bill addresses the issue of PFAS in soil, directing the Department of Environmental Services to establish soil remediation standards to protect groundwater and human health. House Bill 1547 would also make a polluter responsible for providing safe water to a person whose well water is contaminated. The Environment and Agriculture Committee unanimously recommended passage of the bill.


House Bill 1420 would prevent the state from issuing new landfill permits until the state’s solid waste management plan is updated. The state is required to update its solid waste management plan every six years by New Hampshire law, but the current plan was created in 2003 and updated in 2009. With unanimous committee support , the bill is about to pass without debate on the consent schedule. for Wednesday.

The House Environment and Agriculture Committee compiled some proposals on the location of landfills into a single study committee bill: House Bill 1049. The study committee would examine what criteria are used for the location of landfills and how to reduce pressure on landfill capacity.

Water quality

Lawmakers are seeking to require schools to alert parents when high levels of lead are found in school drinking water, a change Bill 1421 would bring.

An attempt to change the Department of Environmental Services to the Department of Environmental Protection failed to gain committee support before reaching the House floor. House Bill 1452 also reviewed water quality in private wells, authorizing the department to inspect these wells and take samples. Changing the name would cost more than half a million dollars, according to the department, which testified in opposition. The committee did not recommend moving the bill forward, unanimously agreeing that it should be studied further.

This story was originally posted by New Hampshire Bulletin.


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