By Nick DeCarolis
The proposed house bill 1610 is a very important piece of legislation that should be passed. This piece of legislation will benefit all home buyers and future buyers. This house bill requires the seller of a residential property to disclose all information about possible contaminants on the property to the buyer of the property. This is very important to all home buyers to insure their wellbeing if they were to purchase a residential property. I am in full support of this legislation; in the future I and many others will purchase properties and I and the rest of the world will want to know about any harmful materials or contaminants that are on a property of interest. I’m sure many can agree that prior to purchasing anything, whether it be a property or not, the buyer should have the right to know of anything that may bring harm to the buyer from no fault of their own.
This piece of legislation reminds me of the disclosed information you can obtain from harmful things such as cigarettes, alcohol, and household cleaning chemicals. Many more comparisons can be made of different types of materials and chemicals; but it is absolutely the buyer’s right to know of the harmful effects any product might cause to them. This critical information is important to many more than just the buyer. The buyer of any chemical, object, property, etc; should be concerned with the wellbeing of more than just themselves, but their families and others that they care about. A family moving into a new home while finding a place that is the best fit for their family should also search for a home that will keep both themselves and their loved ones safe.
This legislation was moved forward from a case in Swanzey New Hampshire. Many residents of this small New Hampshire town were beginning to become inflicted with cancerous diseases from MTBE in their water supply. This chemical was introduced to these peoples water supply years ago as a result of a leak from a local gas station. Many of these residents have been trying to help vocalize the problem through the media and become supporters of house bill 1610 which would ensure future buyers of these properties do not suffer the same as they have.
I am sure that the rest of the world will stand with me in support of this piece of legislation. This legislation is important to all that owns a property or will own a property in the future. To stand with this legislation is an act of good faith and follows good ethics for all of those who you share the world with. To not support this legislation means this person do not care about the cancerous diseases that others families could become inflicted with because of their neglect to inform that buyer about the contaminants within the property. Looking at both the case in Swanzey New Hampshire and theoretical cases around the world I’m sure that you the reader, and the rest of the world can agree that passing this piece of legislation is critically important to the wellbeing of all.
NH Science for Citizens
Department of Environmental Studies
Keene State College
Keene, NH 03431
A project of students and faculty at Keene State College in collaboration with local NH state representatives.