Ban PFAS in Firefighting Foam, S655, sponsored by Senators Garrett, Robinson and deViere and co-sponsored by Senators Marcus, Mohammed, Peterson, Smith, and Van Duyn, would have prohibited discharging or otherwise using class B firefighting foam that contains intentionally added PFAS chemicals for training purposes. It would have also prohibited a manufacturer of class B firefighting foam from manufacturing, knowingly selling, offering for sale, distributing for sale, or distributing for use in this State class B firefighting foam to which PFAS chemicals have been intentionally added. These measures would be a good first step to keep PFAS out of North Carolina waters.
Offshore Drilling, S517, sponsored by Senator Peterson and co-sponsored by Senators Clark, deViere, Foushee, Garrett, Lowe, Marcus, Mohammed, Nickel, Robinson, Searcy, and Waddell, would have prohibited the exploration, development, and production of offshore oil and gas in North Carolina coastal waters in order to protect military operations, commercial and recreational fishing, and tourism.
Broad PFAS bill, S518, sponsored by Senators Peterson, DeViere, and McKissick and co-sponsored by Senators Marcus, Mohammed, Sawyer, and Smith would have directed DEQ to establish a PFAS task force charged with: identifying and analyzing all PFAS in the lower Cape Fear basin and its tributaries; identifying all responsible parties; and developing and implementing a biomonitoring program. The bill also would have established a “maximum allowable standard” for all PFAS. In addition, the bill would have repealed the Hardison Amendment, strengthened requirements for the provision of water to households with contaminated wells, and allocated $270 million from the state Savings Reserve to pay for water filtration systems for affected parties.
Clean Energy bill, S513, sponsored by Senators Nickel, Garrett, and Van Duyn, and co-sponsored by Senators deViere, Foushee, Mohammed, Searcy, and Smith would have established a state goal of 100 percent of retail sales of electricity in North Carolina generated from renewable sources by 2050. The bill would have directed the State Energy Office, in consultation with the NC Utilities Commission and the Public Staff, to develop a plan to achieve the goal and to submit that plan to the 2020 regular session of the 2019 General Assembly upon convening.
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