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Safe drinking water standards

May 17. 2017 9:44PM

To the Editor: A recent column from Jim Roche of the Business and Industry Association discusses overregulating PFC’s in the quest for safe water. PFC’s are currently under scrutiny for possible involvement in a cluster of pediatric cancer on the Seacoast and in other parts of Rockingham County.

The New Hampshire Senate will be considering an amendment to HB 463 today. The BIA claims that the amendment represents overregulation and that current regulations are good enough. It also pushes the idea that the amendment would create arbitrarily low standards, needlessly. This is false, and the BIA should be embarrassed.

The truth is that the amendment is a common sense call to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to investigate the existing and emerging scientific data, and if warranted in the judgment of the DES Commissioner, after consultation with the commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and other stakeholders, to reduce allowable PFC (PFOA and PFOC) contaminants based on such new data.

The amendment does not set standards, and it does not require the commissioner to change the current standards. We know that new data is becoming available all the time. We also know the EPA can be slow. Isn’t it worth having a periodic review by New Hampshire to verify that our water standards are, in fact, good enough?

I urge the Senate to support this amendment to HB 463.



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