In July 2020, RSA 485-H established the Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Remediation Loan Fund (PFAS RLF) providing up to $50 million in loans for public water systems and wastewater facilities to address PFAS contamination. With the passing of House Bill 271 in August 2021, a grant component was added for up to the greater of $1.5 million or 30% of the total eligible project cost. ARPA funds will be used to support the grant portion of the PFAS RLF. Currently, there are 12 applicants requesting a total of $63 million with another six potential known applicants requesting an estimated $22 million. The need is expected to increase with incoming public water system PFAS violations, ongoing NHDES PFAS sampling of private wells, sampling conducted by private well owners at their own expense, and the potential reimbursement of remediation that has already occurred since September 30, 2019.
Solicitation for applications is ongoing with no specific targeted time frame, and applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received. Grant funding will be applied to each eligible application first with the remainder being awarded as loans. Learn more about applying for a PFAS RLF grant or loan.