DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Commission on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigation
[RSA 126-A:74 repealed by 2017, 197:3, effective June 30, 2022.]
126-A:74 Commission on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigation Established; Membership; Duties.
I. There is established the commission on the seacoast cancer cluster investigation.
II. (a) The members of the commission shall be as follows:
(1) Five members of the house of representatives, 3 appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and 2 appointed by the minority leader.
(2) Two members of the senate, one of whom shall be a member of the minority party, appointed by the president of the senate.
(3) The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.
(4) The commissioner of the department of environmental services, or designee.
(5) A representative from each of the towns and cities of Portsmouth, Greenland, New Castle, Hampton, North Hampton, and Rye appointed by the governing body of such town or city.
(6) Three residents of the seacoast, appointed by the governor.
(7) The New Hampshire remedial project manager, United States Environmental Protection Agency, or designee.
(8) A hydrogeologist, appointed by the New Hampshire chapter of the United States Geological Survey.
(9) A toxicologist or environmental health professor from Boston University or the university of New Hampshire, appointed by the governor.
(b) Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.
III. (a) In response to the department of health and human services' findings on February 2, 2016, the commission shall:
(1) Develop a common understanding of the key definitions and concepts of cancer clusters and environmental investigation.
(2) Review the progress made by state and federal agencies and their partners.
(3) Delineate the potential roles and responsibilities for municipalities, state agencies, and their partners.
(4) Provide informed communication about the cancer cluster investigation to their constituencies.
(5) Calibrate and utilize the Seacoast New Hampshire Groundwater Availability Study developed by the United States Geological Survey in 2003 to assess localized groundwater flow and contaminant migration from sites selected by the commission.
(b) The commission shall solicit information from any person or entity the commission deems relevant to its study.
IV. The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members. The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named house member. The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section. Eleven members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.
V. The commission shall make 2 interim reports, one on or before November 1, 2020, and one on or before June 30, 2021, and issue a final report on its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, the oversight committee on health and human services, and the state library on or before June 30, 2022.
Source. 2017, 197:2, eff. July 5, 2017. 2020, 30:1, eff. July 23, 2020.