by Thomas Webler
HB 1797 aims to discourage industry that is not committed to safeguarding New Hampshire's land, waters, and air from moving to the Granite State. To some degree, environmental laws and regulations in NH are less stringent than in other states. HB1797 would discourage polluters from coming to the state by assessing a 50% surcharge on the costs of any environmental clean up. The monies would go into the General Fund.
Of course, well-intended legislation can result in unexpected and unwanted outcomes. For this reason, it is important to critically examine legislation before it is adopted.
In Spring semester 2018, Keene State College students in a class on Environmental Governance will look into the proposed house bill 1797. We hope our work serves the people of New Hampshire as they and their elected representatives consider this proposed legislation. Student groups will write papers, tweet about them, write an opinion piece, and interact with members of the public who would like to join in on this conversation. To participate in this conversation, just hit "reply" below any blog entry. Any questions can be directed to Professor Thomas Webler at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.