PFAS Expert Advisory Committee; established, monitoring sources. (HB1085)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patrons Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth), Del. Karen Keys-Gamarra (D-Fairfax), and Del. Marty Martinez (D-Leesburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Department of Environmental Quality; Department of Health; PFAS; identification; monitoring; PFAS Expert Advisory Council established; report. Requires, for every public water system, as defined in the bill, the Department of Health (VDH) to assist the Department of Environmental Quality (the Department) by transferring to the Department quarterly all validated monitoring results available to VDH that indicate PFAS maximum containment level, as defined in the bill, exceedances. In such circumstances, the bill provides that the Department is required to develop and implement a plan to prioritize and conduct PFAS assessments for identifying significant sources of PFAS in such public water system's raw water source or sources. The bill requires any facility, if deemed by the Department to be a potentially significant source of PFAS in the public water system's raw water source, (i) to perform and promptly report the results of quarterly discharge monitoring for one year and (ii) to report to the Department, within 90 days after being directed by the Department, its manufacture or use of PFAS. The bill establishes a PFAS Expert Advisory Committee to assist the Department and VDH in its PFAS-related efforts and requires the Committee to meet at least two times per year through June 30, 2027. The bill requires the Department to annually report certain information to the Governor and the General Assembly by October 1. This bill incorporates HB 245 and is identical to SB 243. Read the Bill »

Notes

This fiscal impact statement estimates that the bill (HB1085) will have a general fund expenditure impact on the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The preliminary expenditure impact is as follows: - Fiscal Year 2024: $0 - Fiscal Year 2025: $380,160 - Fiscal Year 2026: $380,160 - Fiscal Year 2027: $380,160 - Fiscal Year 2028: $380,160 - Fiscal Year 2029: $380,160 - Fiscal Year 2030: $380,160 DEQ estimates that they will need three general-fund-supported positions to carry out the requirements of the bill, which include processing information provided by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), implementing PFAS assessments, designing and implementing self-reporting mechanisms for facilities, receiving and reviewing periodic monitoring reports, and staffing the PFAS Expert Advisory Committee. The agency has vacant positions available and does not need to adjust its maximum employment level. DEQ states that their water permitting programs are supported by fees, federal funding, and general fund appropriation. However, none of these resources can be used for the tasks described in the bill. Federal funds are restricted, and permitting fees are directed towards expenses in the corresponding programs. DEQ's VPDES permitting program, which would receive and process monitoring reports, does not have the expertise to handle PFAS data and is currently operating with a backlog. DEQ also does not have significant general fund balances in its Water Protection program, and turnover and vacancy funds are not expected to consistently cover the ongoing expenditure impact of the bill. The fiscal impact on the Virginia Department of Health and localities is not available at this time. No technical amendment is necessary, and there are no additional comments.

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Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/10/2024Committee
01/10/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24105105D
01/10/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/21/2024Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB1085)
01/23/2024Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
01/29/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (9-Y 1-N)
01/29/2024Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2024House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2024Committee substitute printed 24106713D-H1
01/31/2024Incorporates HB245 (Bulova)
01/31/2024Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
01/31/2024Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2024Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/07/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1085H1)
02/07/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2024Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Committee substitute printed 24106954D-H2
02/09/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Committee substitute rejected 24106713D-H1
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106954D-H2
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources substitute rejected 24106713D-H1
02/12/2024Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 24106954D-H2
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1085H2
02/12/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1085H2)
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/16/2024Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/21/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Read third time
02/23/2024Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Enrolled
02/28/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1085ER)
02/28/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1085ER)
02/28/2024Signed by Speaker
03/02/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/02/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 316 (effective 7/1/24)
04/02/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0316)

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