By Kyle Carignan
The piece of legislation that I will be referring to is House Bill 1797-FN-A. This legislation adds a 50 percent charge to the cost of remediation and environmental clean up by the persons liable. This would be a good bill for the state of New Hampshire and its citizens. Our environment in this state is something that makes our state beautiful and brings in revenue. We have plenty of wildlife, state parks, and most of all people to protect and this bill is a step in the right direction. If companies feel they can come here and pollute more on our soil because it is cheaper than surrounding states then something should be changed. Our state should not be a loophole in the system. This bill would promote companies to be cleaner in their business processes and I believe will ultimately create a higher standard of accountability among companies across the state. People may see this as a steep charge for companies that are not financially able to pay, in this case these companies should reconsider their processes and make the changes necessary. The goal of this bill is a cleaner New Hampshire. People may also see this as revenue lost from companies that may turn to a different state for their business and in response to this I believe the people of New Hampshire would rather have a cleaner place to live. When I eventually have a family I want us to live in a place where the environment around us is healthy, not a place that is recovering from the neglect of our government to protect what we have now. In fact I rather live in a much cleaner and healthier state. This bill could also help encourage companies to put more money into researching new methods for their company to use in their processes of handling their waste. A close example to me of a company polluting in New Hampshire happened close to my house. There was a laundromat that improperly disposed of chemicals and those chemicals leaked into the soil on the property leading to the closing of the business. The property is also no longer safe to build on and the habitat is ruined because of this. This company was likely not concerned about pollution at the time and if this bill was in place I feel there is a possibility that different actions could have been taken. I know it’s a possibility but if businesses are worried about paying a hefty fine then their likely to change for the better. Overall this bill is for the betterment of the state and would make a statement to companies eyeing our state for potential abuse.
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.