AN ACT TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR REPLACEMENT AND DISPOSAL OF FIREFIGHTING FOAM CONTAINING PFAS.
Enacts Part 8, Article 21A, GS Chapter 143, establishing the Firefighting Foam Replacement Fund (Fund) within the Department of Environmental Quality (Department), consisting of all appropriations and receipts made available to the Department to provide grants to eligible fire departments to replace stocks of Class B firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals with foam that does not. Defines eligible fire department to include those certified by the Department that serve a local government, are located in a development tier one county, and consist entirely of volunteer members, excluding payment equivalent to six full-time positions. Directs the Department to provide for applications procedures, with eligible fire departments and an eligible local government prohibited from both receiving grants for replacement of the same stocks. Caps grants at $100,000 each. Authorizes the Department to issue implementing rules. Directs the Department to annually report to the specified NCGA committee and division, with specified content.
Appropriates $5 million from the General Fund to the Department of Environmental Quality for 2022-23 to be allocated to the Fund for the grant program provided in the act.
Effective July 1, 2022.