PEC Opposes HB 1842

PEC, in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund, submitted the attached letter to the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee in opposition to House Bill 1847. The Committee was scheduled to consider the bill on January 25, 2022.

Similar to companion legislation in the Senate, this bill substantially affects rules governing unintended releases of contaminants from permitted sites and facilities. The language of this bill creates uncertainty over if or when releases would need to be reported to the state, and could potentially invalidate existing protection criteria and emergency response plans.