By Erika Grand
I am personally for the proposed bill HB 1797. If passed this act would add a 50% charge to the costs of an environmental contamination, cleanup and remediation. I believe this is a good thing because big companies cannot get away with contaminating and polluting the environment, especially considering how fragile the Earth and environment is right now. People have always taught their kids that if they create a mess they are the ones responsible for cleaning it up, and companies are no different. This bill was also proposed because our neighboring state Vermont has extremely strict laws concerning companies polluting. However, New Hampshire currently has weak laws concerning contaminating and polluting and due to this a lot of big companies have decided to move into New Hampshire. New Hampshire is a beautiful state that generates a lot of revenue from tourism. This will suffer greatly if companies are allowed to contaminate and pollute and not get in serious trouble for it. There are other states who have similar laws to the proposed HB 1797 one. They have shown these laws work. If this bill were passed it would make the companies less tempted to try and get away with contaminating and/or polluting because it would cost the company a lot of money, more than it does now.
These companies also have a lot of money and would be able to pay for it. This would also protect the people who, without this law, would be paying for the consequences in a much more serious way and not with money— The citizens of New Hampshire. They should not have to deal with issues like contaminated water or air and they should not have to deal with big companies moving into their backyard polluting the environment and getting away with it. As I had sad before, the state of the environment right now is not good. Everyone needs to be cautious when it comes to the environment because we are right at the point of no return. If we keep doing what we’ve always been doing, we will be doomed as a society. The environment and all of its resources are extremely valuable and precious and should be protected at all cost. New Hampshire needs to be able to take a stand and let big companies know that they cannot just come into our state and pollute it because we have weaker laws than other states. This is something I personally believe in because I care about the environment so much I do not want companies to think they can run the show. I also certainly do not want them to be able to get away with polluting our environment. This bill would be a positive piece of legislation for New Hampshire to adopt. New Hampshire needs to make sure our beautiful state stays beautiful and that no one tries to come in and take advantage of us.
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.