SB 1013 (Edwards), as introduced, would have required a public waterworks owner to notify customers via mailings and newspaper publication when a water quality analysis reveals that PFAS chemicals are present in a water supply or when a PFAS contaminant exceeds maximum contaminant levels. VACo opposed the initial iteration of the bill because of the extensive public notification requirement as well as on the belief that this requirement would deter voluntary monitoring by water utilities.
As previously reported, SB 1013 was significantly amended to address VACo member concerns. While SB 1013 passed through the Senate unanimously, it was recommended to be laid on the table in the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee’s Chesapeake Subcommittee by a vote of 6-4.
VACo thanks Senator Edwards for working with stakeholders and hearing our concerns.
VACo Contact: James Hutzler