Water Safety Act/GenX

HB 189 – Water Safety Act

Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover), Rep. John Hardister (R-Guilford), Rep. Mike Clampitt (R-Swain), Rep. Holly Grange (R-New Hanover)

Current Language:

This bill seeks to implement measures to address “GenX” and other emerging contaminants. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to consult with federal agencies and the UNC system faculty for their expertise in establishing health goals for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances.

The bill directs the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to cooperate with anyone US Environmental Protection Agency audit for permitting.

The bill  directs DEQ to coordinate and share water quality with other states in the region.

The bill directs the funding and use of mass spectrometers that are available for use in the UNC system.

The bill appropriates $2,400,000 for the 2017-2018 fiscal year to be appropriated from the unappropriated balance remaining in the General Fund to DEQ. The bill requires DEQ to report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Governmental Operations by June 1, 2018 on how these funds are being used.



This bill was replaced with language regarding handling water contaminants on January 10, 2018. This bill was calendared on January 10, 2018. There were two proposed amendments that failed on the House floor. The bill passed with a unanimous vote 116-0.

This bill passed first reading in the Senate on January 12, 2018. This bill was re-referred to the Senate Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Committee on February 7, 2018. This bill was transformed into a new proposed committee substitute and received a favorable report on February 7, 2018.

The bill has been re-referred to the Senate Appropriations/Base Budget Committee. This bill passed the Senate Appropriations/Base Budget Committee on February 8, 2018.



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