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  • Summary date: Mar 22 2021 - View Summary

    Enacts new Article 32B, Management of Aqueous Film-Forming Foams, to GS Chapter 58. States legislative findings concerning Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF). Establishes the following annual requirements, beginning July 1, 2022, for fire departments operated, regulated, or managed by State or local government(s), including those located at or serving public airports. Requires provision of an inventory of all AFFF at each department and identification of all AFFF no longer used at each department that should be properly disposed of. Requires annual reporting in summary form, and within 15 days individually, of every incident where AFFF were deployed by using the identified online portal. Provides for partnership with the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) in meeting the annual requirements. Charges the OSFM with the following duties: (1) educate and inform every fire department it regulates of the Article's reporting requirements; (2) assist the NC Policy Collaboratory at UNC-Chapel Hill (Collaboratory) in the development of an online reporting portal for reporting required by the Article; and (3) adopt permanent implementing rules by July 1, 2022. Authorizes the OSFM to adopt temporary rules. Requires the OSFM to annually report to the Environmental Review Commission by September 1 on the use and inventory of AFFF by fire departments in the state during the previous fiscal year based on the Article's reporting requirements. 

    Details requirements of the online reporting portal developed and maintained by the Collaboratory in collaboration with the OSFM and relevant government entities, consisting of an online reporting tool and related database that captures AFFF storage and deployment by subject fire departments. Requires easy accessibility to firefighters and fire department personnel to upload required data. Identifies six data categories that must be included in the inventory data, such as the number of trucks at each department that carry AFFF and the volume, trade name, and CAS number of the AFFF on each truck, as well as any other information deemed relevant by the Collaboratory to establish a statewide AFFF inventory. Mandates cooperation by the OSFM and local governments. Sets a deadline for the operation of the tool and database for June 1, 2022.

    Appropriates $500,000 from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors for 2021-22 to be allocated to UNC-Chapel Hill for the described activities of the Collaboratory. Effective July 1, 2021.