Press Release: Rep. Jon Hardister Sponsors Legislation to Protect Water Resources
January 10, 2018
Raleigh, NC – Yesterday Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) filed a revised version of HB 189 – Short Term Response to Emerging Contaminants, which sets into motion a process to study potential contaminants in North Carolina’s waterways. The legislation is a result of work that was done by the House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality. Other primary sponsors of the bill are Reps. Ted Davis (R-Hanover), Holly Grange (R-Hanover) and Mike Clampitt (R-Swain).
Davis, who is co-chair of the House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality, is the lead sponsor of the bill. “This bill is a positive step towards addressing concerns related to GenX and other potential contaminants in our water supply,” Hardister said. “It is a product of the House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality, which has done extensive work on this topic.”
“Concerns related to GenX and other possible containments must be taken seriously,” Hardister continued. “This bill sets into motion a process for DEQ to begin a comprehensive study of water quality. Our goal is to determine the best ways to ensure the safety of our water supplies.”
Here is an overview of HB 189:
- Directs DHHS to utilize the Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board to develop health goals for contaminants.
- Directs DEQ to study their permitting process to ensure that it is sufficient to protect public health, safety and the environment.
- Directs DEQ to coordinate and share water quality data with neighboring states.
- Directs DEQ to study reporting and notice requirements for discharge pollutants.
- Directs the UNC School of Government to study potential civil liability of water utilities that distribute contaminated drinking water.
- Provides DEQ with funding (approximately $2.3 million) for permanent positions and equipment to study water quality and safety.
The House Appropriations Committee passed HB 189 on a unanimous vote this afternoon. It is expected to pass the the full House this evening.
Rep. Jon Hardister
NC House Majority Whip