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Sponsors: Senators McElveen, Shealy, M. Johnson, K. Johnson, Kimpson, Gambrell, Sabb, Senn and Young
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 3514, 3515
Introduced in the Senate on January 12, 2021
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Medical Affairs
Summary: Contaminant levels
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/9/2020 Senate Prefiled 12/9/2020 Senate Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs 1/12/2021 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 222) 1/12/2021 Senate Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs (Senate Journal-page 222)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO ESTABLISH MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVELS FOR CERTAIN POLLUTANTS IN PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. (A) For the purposes of this section:
(1) "MCL" means maximum contaminant level, or the legal threshold on the amount of a substance that is allowed in a public water system.
(2) "PFAS" means per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance.
(3) "PFOA" means perfluorooctanoic acid.
(4) "PFOS" means perfluorooctanesulfonic acid.
(B) It is the goal of the State of South Carolina to protect residents from harmful toxins in drinking water.
(C) Within one hundred days of the effective date of this act, the Department of Health and Environmental Control shall commence, in accordance with subsections (D) and (E), the regulatory process authorized in Section 44-55-30 to promulgate regulations that establish MCLs for likely or known carcinogens and toxic chemicals likely to pose a substantial health hazard in public water systems.
(D) The Department of Health and Environmental Control shall promulgate regulations that establish statewide MCLs for the following pollutants in public water systems:
(1) PFOS, PFOA, and other PFAS compounds;
(3) 1, 4 dioxane; and
(4) any other public water system pollutants for which at least two other states have established MCLs or issued public health guidance.
(E)(1) As a part of promulgating regulations pursuant to subsections (C) and (D), the Department of Health and Environmental Control shall review MCLs adopted by other states, the studies and scientific evidence reviewed by those states, data and other information maintained by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the latest peer-reviewed science and independent or governmental agency public water system studies.
(2) An MCL promulgated pursuant to this section must protect public health, including vulnerable populations, such as pregnant or nursing mothers, infants, and children, and in no case may an MCL exceed an MCL or health advisory promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
(3) The Department of Health and Environmental Control shall annually review the latest peer-reviewed science and independent or governmental agency studies and promulgate, if necessary, additional or revised regulations to ensure compliance with item (2).
SECTION 2. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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