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Senate Revamps Bill on GenX Funding

RALEIGH — A Senate version of a bill to address the state’s short-term response to GenX and other emerging contaminants is set for consideration Wednesday.

The new version of House Bill 189 includes funding provisions similar to the House version that Senate leaders refused to consider in January after unanimous approval in the House. But instead of funding the Department of Environmental Quality’s purchase of a high-resolution mass spectrometer for water quality sampling analysis related to poly-fluoroalkyl chemicals, the Senate version directs DEQ to use the University of North Carolina system’s instruments.

The bill provides $2.4 million to DEQ and $1 million to the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for the establishment of health goals for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances.

The bill is expected to be referred to the Senate Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

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