What: Public Hearing on SB 373 related to water resources protection
When: Monday, February 3rd, 5:30pm
Where: House Chambers, State Capitol Building
Who: Joint Committee on Health & Finance
Why: For legislators to hear citizen input
- Arrive ten minutes early to sign up to speak.
- Each speaker can expect only to have 1-2 minutes to speak.
- Written comments can be submitted for the record.
- Below are some suggested talking points as a guide. Citizens are encouraged to give their own perspective, in their words, of how the government needs to better protect drinking water supplies and public health.
Citizen messaging framework:
- We deserve thorough protection from all contamination threats to our water supplies.
- The government is failing us and needs to do a better job in regulating and enforcing protections.
- We deserve to have all available government resources applied to understand and responsibly advise the public on risks and solutions to this health crisis.
Needed technical improvements to SB 373:
- Close loopholes – there are many exclusions to tanks that are regulated under the new program, these need carefully analyzed. All tanks and all additional sources of potential contamination need adequately regulated.
- Require individual permits and regular inspections for all potential significant contaminant sources within zones of critical concern for public drinking water systems.
- Require and fund development of source water protection plans that address all significant contamination threats and include full stakeholder and community involvement.
- Assure that all pollution sources can be enforced via the Clean Water Act with provisions for citizen involvement.
- Support the authorization (not duty) of the local health department to inspect these facilities.
Additional actions needed:
- Implementation of Chemical Safety Board Recommendations.
- Continuation of bottled water distribution to all affected communities.
- An environmentally sound and safe mechanism to flush the chemical from the water treatment plant, distribution lines, sewage systems, residences, etc.
- Immediate institution of a medical surveillance program.
- Immediate studies on the short and long term effects of MCHM and its breakdown chemicals on human health