RELEASE: House Republicans Take a Walk on Clean Drinking Water

CONCORD – After months of hard work, House Republicans walked away from HB 463, allowing the entire bill to die.  Among other things, the language of the legislation calls for the commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt a Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL) for perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in public water systems, including a directive that the standards “..reasonably protect the public health, particularly prenatal and early childhood health…”  PFOS and PFOA (a.k.a PFCs) are most cited contaminants at play in a series of public health/water crises across New Hampshire, including a well-documented cancer cluster on the seacoast. According to a recent report, New Hampshire is tied with Alabama as having the second worst PFC contamination of drinking water in the country:

Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) issued the following statement in response:

“I am very disappointed House Republicans rejected drinking water standards that protect the public health, particularly prenatal and early childhood health. Just like on the budget, Republicans have caved to the know-it-all wealthy elite and big corporations at the expense of everyday Granite Staters – folks who just want clean drinking water for them and their children.”