Senate Bill 2298


The act establishes interim drinking water standards and testing requirements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), specifically PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS, PFNA, PFHpA, and PFDA. Public water systems, except transient, non-community water systems, were required to conduct monitoring for PFAS on or before July 1, 2023. If the results showed PFAS contamination of greater than 20ppt, quarterly monitoring was required and potable water made available to all system users. If the results were equal to or below 20ppt, annual monitoring was required. If no contamination was detected, monitoring was required every two years.

The act also authorizes the Rhode Island Department of Health to establish drinking water maximum contaminant levels for PFAS and set interim standards. The creation of PFAS groundwater quality standards and surface water quality action levels were also mandated, along with landfill monitoring of PFAS substances. The act also directed the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to create a plan to conduct a statewide investigation of the potential sources of PFAS along with a pilot project at public water systems to determine total amounts of the contaminants.

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