SENATE BILL No. 252

 

 

April 9, 2019, Introduced by Senators JOHNSON, HOLLIER, LUCIDO, BAYER, ANANICH,   WOJNO, RUNESTAD, DALEY, IRWIN, ALEXANDER and MCMORROW and referred to the Committee on Environmental Quality.

 

 

 

     A bill to amend 1978 PA 368, entitled

 

"Public health code,"

 

by amending section 12707 (MCL 333.12707), and by adding section

 

12707a.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 12707. (1) Not later than 60 days after the completion of

 

a well, a well drilling contractor shall provide the owner with a

 

copy and the department, or local health department, with 2 copies

 

of a record indicating the well owner's name, location of the well,

 

well depth, geologic materials and thicknesses of materials

 

penetrated, amount of casing, static water levels, and any other

 

information which that may be required by the rules and

 

construction code promulgated under section 12714.

 

     (2) The department or local health department shall send 1

 


copy of the record described in subsection (1) to the director of

 

the department of natural resources not later than 30 days after

 

its receipt from the well drilling contractor. In addition, if the

 

local health department requires testing of water from the well for

 

the presence of contaminants, the local health department shall

 

send a copy of those test results to the department.

 

     (3) Standard forms for the record described in subsection (1)

 

shall be provided by the department or the contractor's forms may

 

be used if approved by the department. A record for a drive point

 

well where no earth materials are removed from the well bore is

 

sufficient if the owner's name, well location, depth, casing,

 

static water level, and screen data are stated.

 

     Sec. 12707a. (1) Not later than January 1, 2021, the

 

department shall develop and maintain an interactive electronic map

 

showing statewide well water testing results where contaminants

 

have been confirmed in groundwater samples. The map must include,

 

but is not limited to, all of the following contaminants:

 

     (a) Arsenic.

 

     (b) Bacteria.

 

     (c) Copper.

 

     (d) Lead.

 

     (e) Nitrates.

 

     (f) Trichloroethylene (TCE).

 

     (g) PFAS.

 

     (h) VOCs.

 

     (2) The map described in subsection (1) must be based on

 

confirmed data collected by the department, local health


departments, and other sources approved by the department. The map

 

must display the following information:

 

     (a) A visible listing of the results of each well water test,

 

including the presence or absence of each contaminant within the

 

map, for each well highlighted by a user from its location on the

 

map.

 

     (b) Color coding functionality by contaminant so that a user

 

may discern where the various contaminants are found to be present

 

in a given area of this state.

 

     (c) Shading of the color codes for each contaminant to

 

demonstrate the relative concentration of the contaminant in each

 

area of this state where it was found to be present.

 

     (3) On the website containing the interactive electronic map

 

described in subsection (1), the department shall include links to

 

regularly updated information sheets containing the following

 

information:

 

     (a) A list of the potential health hazards associated with

 

each contaminant from 1 or more reputable sources.

 

     (b) The concentration level of each contaminant for which the

 

level exceeds state drinking water standards or standards

 

established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

 

     (c) Information about how each contaminant may be mitigated

 

and how well water may be treated to effectively remove each

 

contaminant so that the water flowing through it is rendered safe

 

for consumption and other household use.

 

     (d) Contact information for entities capable of assisting

 

users in having their well water tested for contaminants, including


all of the following:

 

     (i) All local health departments.

 

     (ii) The department of environmental quality drinking water

 

analysis laboratory.

 

     (iii) All certified drinking water analysis laboratories in

 

this state.

 

     (4) As used in this section:

 

     (a) "Department" means the department of environmental

 

quality.

 

     (b) "PFAS" means perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl

 

substances.

 

     (c) "Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)" means any compound of

 

carbon, excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid,

 

metallic carbides or carbonates and ammonium carbonate, which

 

participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions, except those

 

designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as

 

having negligible photochemical reactivity.

 

     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days

 

after the date it is enacted into law.