Jul 11, 2018

New Hampshire Passes Bill to Review Emerging Contaminant Standards

Four emerging contaminants will be under review and new standards will be set by Jan. 1, 2019

Emerging contaminants monitored in New Hampshire
Emerging contaminants monitored in New Hampshire

On July 10, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill that increases New Hampshire’s groundwater regulations for emerging contaminants PFOA, PFOS, PFNA and PFHxS, commonly used to make Teflon and other non-stick products.

The new bill requires the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to review groundwater standards and set standards by Jan. 1, 2019. In addition, the bill requires the state to set drinking water maximum contaminant levels for both the chemicals and surface water standards, according to the Associated Press.

“There is no greater faith in government that we place than every time we turn on the faucet and hand our kids a glass of water,” Gov. Sununu said. “We are really trusting that the government did their job and that water is safe to give to our kids.”

The move has received support, particularly in Portsmouth, N.H., which faces PFHxS contamination and Greenland, N.H., where PFNA has been found.