Arsenic-related legislative activities in Maine and New Hampshire.
SP0426, LD 1263 An Act to Increase the Affordability of Safe Drinking Water for Maine Families
Passed: August 2, 2017
This bill will help families install filtration systems when they have arsenic in their well water, but don’t have the means to treat it. It sets aside $500,000 to make sure families in Maine have access to safe water
HP0321, LD 454 An Act to Ensure Safe Drinking Water for Families in Maine
Passed: June 19, 2017
This law establishes the Safe Drinking Water Fund, which the Maine Center for Disease Control will use for outreach and education around the importance of testing well water. It also provides funds for well water testing for families who cannot afford it.
HB 1592 Requiring the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services to Review Ambient Groundwater Standards for Arsenic
Passed: June 12, 2018
The commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services will review the current standard for arsenic in groundwater, 10 ppb*, to determine if it should be lowered. Considerations include detection and removal abilities, the impact on public health, and the costs and benefits to those potentially affected by the change. *10 ppb is the Maximum Contaminant Level set by the EPA.
HB 1356 Data Sharing Between the Department of Environmental Services and the Department of Health and Human Services
Passed: June 26, 2018
Includes a provision requiring the Department of Environmental Services and the Department of Health and Human Services to share health outcome and environmental data. They are also being asked to “describe and estimate the cost of performing a 2-way pilot project between the departments on arsenic and drinking water, where both health effects and environmental data exist”.
HB 511 Commission to Study Environmentally-Triggered Chronic Illness
Effective: June 18, 2017
The commission formed by House Bill 511 is looking at ways to track diseases caused by environmental exposure before they become a cluster (i.e. cancer clusters). Contaminated drinking water can be an environmental trigger that leads to cancer.