By Maia Roderick
The bill I will be discussing states that a 50 percent charge for all pollution clean-ups will be addressed to the perpetrator.
When I first began to study New Hampshire’s House Bill (HB 1797-FN-A), I was not internally clear on how I felt about this bill. From an economic standpoint I feel that the bill may be detrimental to New Hampshire's economy. I say this because, when I was conducting research for my group essay I stumbled upon countless cases of companies leaving their current state in order to pursue their business somewhere, with less regulations. Due to the fact that it is often extremely expensive to have a business somewhere with strict environmental laws. Therefore, I feel that if this bill is passed, we will run the risk of the businesses wanting to move to a place, such a down south, where the laws are not as strict as the north’s.
From an environmental standpoint I feel that this is an amazing idea. It makes me happy to see the state of New Hampshire taking action and responsibility, and I believe that every small action helps. However, even with the bill in place we will still breathe the toxic air from a smoke tower in Alabama, and we will still eat fish from the ocean’s dirty water due to chemicals coming from other countries. I would love to feel positively about this bill, and say that it is a great place to start, and as I said before, I feel that every small thing will help in the long run. Although, I honestly feel that this bill will do more harm than good for the state of New Hampshire. These companies who contaminate our air, water, and soil will not disappear, or totally change their ways because a bill is passed. It is simply too expensive for some companies to become greener, and they must keep their heads above water. These industries will migrate, they will pack their bags and relocate somewhere else with less strict regulations. Yes, the blood will not be on our hands, we will not be responsible for the downfall of our environment, here in New Hampshire. Nonetheless, the contomation will still be split into the rivers, and let into the air, and our vegatiables will be grown in contaminated soil. I feel that this bill will not greatly benefit the environment, rather it will only severely hurt the economy in New Hampshire. With that being said, as a state we must do what is not only best for the environment, but what is best for the economy as well. I do not think it is right to contimentate our planet, although I do feel that we must way our options and look for the pros and con’s and personally, regarding this specific bill, I see more cons for the state as a whole, than pros.
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.