On Tuesday, April 10, 2018 the New Hampshire Senate will be holding a hearing on HB 1592. The bill recently passed by the House would direct the NH Department of Environmental Services to re-evaluate the drinking water and groundwater arsenic standards. The proposed bill can be read here.
The NH DES’s previous testimony reads in part: “Our findings support an association between low-to-moderate levels of arsenic in drinking water and bladder cancer risk in New England.” (Bans, et.al., Journal of the National Cancer Institute) It continues, “Recent research also found that arsenic exposure of pregnant women in New Hampshire was associated with adverse effects on fetal growth and infections in infants.” (Gilbert-Diamond, et. al., Environmental Health Perspectives, August 2016; Farzan, et.al., Environmental Health Perspectives, June 2016)
The full testimony can be found here.