Environment & Energy Report

New Hampshire Passes Bill Limiting PFAS in Drinking Water (1)

June 30, 2020, 9:19 PMUpdated: July 1, 2020, 12:39 PM

New Hampshire lawmakers have passed a bill that would lock in low limits on “forever” chemicals if found in drinking water, after a 3M lawsuit put a pause on similar limits from state regulators.

The bill, HB 1264, establishes limits on four common types of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which were used in nonstick coatings and have been linked to cancer, thyroid problems, and other health issues. They are referred to as forever chemicals because they resist breakdown in the environment and in human bodies.

The bill passed the House Tuesday 210 to 116, and the Senate...

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