Sen. Hassan proposes stricter water regulations in NH
WASHINGTON — Senator Maggie Hassan announced on Friday that she is cosponsoring legislation to require that the Environmental Protection Agency develop a maximum contaminant level for perfluorinated compounds.
The announcement stems from Hassan's efforts to ensure that all Granite Staters have access to clean, safe clean drinking water and to protect public health.
Currently there is no mandate to regulate these emerging contaminants under the Safe Water Drinking Act. This legislation would require the EPA to create safety guidelines and to determine legally enforceable standards that apply to public water systems.
The bill would develop a maximum contaminant level for perfluorinated compounds (including PFOA and PFOS), 1,4 dioxane, and perchlorate in public water systems across America within two years of the bill’s enactment. It would also require the EPA to identify a threshold of expected risk to health for each of the listed chemicals.