Dec 3, 2019
Subject: Premature moves by NH lawmakers
The drastic lowering of PFAS contamination levels are being challenged by the judicial system and possibly may disallow the state of NH from enforcing the more conservative levels passed during the last legislative session.
In following closely with the current efforts of the EPA, I would argue that perhaps the NH legislator acted prematurely in lowering the maximum contamination levels. The science simply is not there yet. This analysis is in line with what I have been hearing over the past three years from both the EPA, Aquarion Water Company, and all other members of the New England Water Works Association.
In my view, perhaps NH legislatures should align their efforts with the EPA; for this is a NATIONWIDE issue! Decisions that are made based on politics over factual evidence, most times hurt the taxpayer. Below is a message from the EPA on their efforts, also they have been working with Israel on water reuse technologies which I am also enthused about!
"We are moving aggressively as well as we promised we would back in February," he told ABC News in an interview on Monday.
The EPA announced a proposal on Monday that would require facilities using the chemicals to track and report how much they release. Wheeler said the agency is also poised to announce guidance for how to clean up the chemicals when high levels are found in groundwater and take the next step to update the amount of the chemicals that is considered safe in drinking water in the coming weeks.
Part of the EPA's action plan could list two of the most well-documented types of these chemicals -- abbreviated as PFOS and PFOA -- as hazardous under the Superfund program, which would require more of them to be cleaned up where they were released. Wheeler said the EPA is still working on that step and consulting with other agencies.
"The thing that I want to assure the American public, if it is a problem in their community, if we discover it's a problem of their community, we're going to make sure that it gets cleaned up so that everybody's drinking water supply is safe and secure," Wheeler said.
Wheeler also said he doesn't support some legislation that has been proposed by members of Congress critical of EPA's response to the chemicals. Bills introduced in the House and Senate could designate all types of PFAS chemicals as hazardous or set a limit for how much is considered acceptable in drinking water. He said EPA has a scientific process to make those determinations and that the bills proposed in both the House and Senate could put financial burdens on water systems that take away from other priorities.
This is from an EPA press release dated November 25, 2019