State Funding to Support PFAS Treatment

Proposed spending of surplus State revenue from fiscal 2019 is outlined in House Bill 4132. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection would receive $8,400,000 For the testing of potential per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination of water supplies and for grants to support treatment and design of affected drinking water systems. The Massachusetts Clean Water Trust would recieve $20,000,000 to support drinking water programs to remediate PFAS contamination of public water supplies, including but not limited to zero percent-interest loans. The Clean Water Trust would also recieve $35,000,000 from the State FY2019 revenue surplus to increase overall project funding capacity. The bill has broad support in both the House and Senate.

Amendment 112 incorporates language for a PFAS Task Force, similar to Senate Bill 2284. There shall be an interagency task force to review and investigate water and ground contamination of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances across the commonwealth. The task force shall file a report of its findings and recommendations by December 31, 2020. Representatives of Mass. Municipal Association and Mass. Water Works Association shall be included on the task force.

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