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An Act to Ensure Safe Drinking Water for Families in Maine (LD 454)

BILL SUMMARY:
Improves accessibility and awareness of testing and treatment of contaminants in private well water. Many households are unaware of the need for testing and treating their private well systems ‰ÛÒ and for many low-income households, the cost of testing and treatment has rendered the service inaccessible. In response to these barriers and high levels of arsenic and other contaminants found in Maine wells, LD 454 increases testing and treatment of private wells, which previously were exempt from state and federal safe drinking water laws. First and foremost, the bill requires well testing when new wells are created or a property is sold. LD 454 also establishes a Private Well Safe Drinking Water Fund, which is funded through a required $10 (maximum) fee from people/entities ordering a water sample from a private well. These funds go on to create educational outreach programs and support impoverished households with children to receive well treatment.
STATE:
Maine
FINAL LANGUAGE:
STATUTE:
Title 22, Chapter 230, Sections: 2601-A; 2602-A, Subsection 1; 4700-H, Subsection 8, 2660-S; 2660-T; 2660-U; 2660-V; 2660-W; 2660-X
AUTHOR:
Representative Karen Vachon
CO-AUTHORS:
Representative Michael Thibodeau, Representative Kent Ackley, Representative Janice Cooper, Senator Shenna Bellows, Senator Brian Langley, Senator Amy Volk
SENATE VOTE:
Yes: 34 No: 0
R: 16 R: 0
D: 28 D: 0
ASSEMBLY VOTE:
Yes: 117 No: 25
R: 37 R: 25
D: 73 D: 0
FISCAL IMPACT:
LISTED SUPPORT:
Maine Children's Alliance, Maine Public Health Association, Kennebec Valley Organization, Maine Oral Health Coalition, Prevent Harm, Maine Education Association, Environmental Priorities Coalition, American Cancer Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine Chapter, Maine Indoor Air Quality Council
Letters of Support
LISTED OPPOSITION:
A&L Laboratory, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Letters of Opposition
SENATE FLOOR ANALYSIS:
ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS:
 
 
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