By Alex Gosselin
In New Hampshire, much of the land has grown into dense forest. The plants that build the canopy, help build an ecosystem for the surrounding organisms that inhabit the land. developing towns and cities, companies and industries need to follow the growth of desired products. Many industries focus more on the profit than anything else, and forget that some of the production waste that gets released into the ecosystem is not always good for our state. This is when authority needs to take over, to make sure the industry won’t create a pollution that could cause a wide spread damage to the beautiful nature in New Hampshire. In 2018, a bill was created “Adding a 50 percent charge to all amounts assessed to persons liable for costs of containment, cleanup, and remediation of water, air, and soil pollution.” House Bill 1797 could help with not just protecting the land, but making companies or industries become more efficient with how they release their waste. Industries that pollute more will most likely have a large clean up charge, and could lose more money for being less efficient.
I believe this is an important bill for the government to review because it offers a lot to the state of NH. Due to being interested in environmental studies, I have a good understanding that it could protect our land by reducing the waste that industries produce. With pollution being such a crucial issue in states and countries, passing this bill in New Hampshire could help influence other states to do the same with protecting the land they control. Multiple states around the country have already started to try and pass bills that either tax or charge the company for the waste production they release. With the climate changing and nature being depleted from human actions, this bill and others like it could help change and repair the pollution that has started to show up in water, ground, and air. These issues are not just affecting nature but they are also affecting humans that are located near these industries. Letting these issues happen, could create large problems in NH and could lead to a larger cost of clean up after the fact. This bill could influence a change to help protect the state and create an increase in efficiency whether through industries production or their technologies.
If HB 1797 gets passed through the government and officially signed off by Governor Sununu, I believe there could be a positive reaction to the outcome of the bill. Industries and companies may get a negative affect from this bill but with population still increasing, we can’t keep polluting land that will start to become more urban and developed. There needs to be authority over industries that are polluting, before our land is too dangerous for us to live around. Either we as a state, change the habits of large industries or they will change the habitats of this great planet we live on. We the people of New Hampshire need to push for this bill before the cities, nature and individuals start to be affected by the land, ground and air pollution.
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.