Responding to the Freedom Industries chemical spill
There’s been a lot of talk about rolling back parts of SB 373. On Monday, the “Public Water System Supply Study Commission” established by SB 373 issued its first report which contains several recommendations to strengthen protections for our drinking water.
The Commission members were not appointed until late in the summer and the Commission held its first meeting in September. Given this short timeline, the Commission did not thoroughly address all of the issues that it is charged with studying. Nevertheless, the Commission has recommended that the Legislature take several actions, including:
Senate Bill 373 does not specify how long this Commission is supposed to continue meeting. But there is real potential with the Commission, which brings together all of the right regulatory agencies (including the Public Service Commission, Bureau for Public Health, and the Department of Environmental Protection). It has a real opportunity to provide the regulatory coordination that was so clearly lacking in the lead-up to January 9th, 2014.