By Samantha Cantone
To begin I am for this bill but do think that there should be some small revisions that need to be thought of so it could be passed next term. Throughout this bill there could be a few revisions that could take place. First of all, “pollution” defined by dictionary.com means, “the presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects” is not properly defined in the bill but this is what the whole law would be about. It is a very vague bill which is why a lot of questions were brought up. If revisions were made to this bill making it more specific about the laws that are already in place it would be very beneficial. I believe that it is a smart bill that would make companies question moving their business to New Hampshire for the fact that they would have to pay a fine for polluting if they did. This bill is adding a 50% charge to people who are liable for contamination of soil, water and air. Contamination is defined by dictionary.com as, “making or being made impure by polluting or poisoning”. Within the bill it does not state what contamination is either, it seems that it would be clear to the people but in these types of statements everything should be laid out. I do believe that the bill should have went through since it would be a benefit to the people living in the communities around where the water, air or soil could have been polluted. When Jim came to my class talking about this bill he mentioned that mBTE, a gasoline additive and PFOA’s, a fire retardant carcinogen that have been seeping into the ground and getting into the groundwater, causing people to get cancer, especially children. This bill could have stopped companies that use these two types of chemicals from being in New Hampshire because they would not want to pay the 50% fine that would come with the bill being passed. This would keep companies away that know they polluted which would be a good thing because they would stay out of New Hampshire and not ruin our environment by polluting with very dangerous chemicals. I can see why they did not pass the bill because it was very vague, but defining a few words and making it more clear I believe the bill would pass. Especially if it is causing many people to get sick by drinking the water or even having pollution flowing through other communities by the wind. People should take into consideration that these chemicals are not only hurting our environment but hurting the people who are living within it. I believe people should not have to worry about the water they are drinking or the air they are breathing in. This bill will make that happen because companies who have a risk of polluting will not want to move to New Hampshire if they have to pay such a large fine. This bill could help many families and the environment if it is revised and put back into the system next year and passed by the house and the different committees.
NH Science for Citizens
Department of Environmental Studies
Keene State College
Keene, NH 03431
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