SENATE, No. 885

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2016 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  LINDA R. GREENSTEIN

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires maximum contaminant level to be established for 1,2,3-trichloropropane in drinking water.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

  


An Act concerning a maximum contaminant level for 1,2,3-trichloropropane and supplementing P.L.1977, c.224 (C.58:12A-1 et seq.).

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.  The Drinking Water Quality Institute established pursuant to section 10 of P.L.1983, c.443 (C.58:12A-20) shall study the issue of 1,2,3-trichloropropane levels in drinking water and, within 90 days after the date of enactment of this act, recommend to the Department of Environmental Protection a maximum contaminant level for 1,2,3-trichloropropane in drinking water.

     b.    The Department of Environmental Protection shall adopt, pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), a maximum contaminant level for 1,2,3-trichloropropane based upon the recommendation made by the Drinking Water Quality Institute pursuant to subsection a. of this section.  The department shall adopt the maximum contaminant level for 1,2,3-trichloropropane within 180 days after receiving the recommendation thereon from the institute.

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill directs the Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI) to study the issue of 1,2,3-trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP) levels in drinking water and recommend, within 90 days, to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) a maximum contaminant level (mcl) for 1,2,3-TCP.  The bill further directs the DEP to adopt the mcl for 1,2,3-TCP based upon the recommendation made by the DWQI within 180 days after receiving the recommendation.

     The chemical, 1,2,3-TCP, is a man-made and persistent substance used for paint removal and other purposes.  It has been classified a “likely” carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  According to the DEP, it is a potent genotoxic carcinogen which occurs in drinking water at levels resulting in significant cancer risk based on test results from New Jersey public and non-public water supplies.