By Nolan Carrier
My stance on this bill is all for this bill to pass for many different reasons. The first reason why I feel so passionate for this bill to pass is because when you look in the mainstream media and find countless cases of companies or big corporations illegally dumping or placing their waste in known places that would turn out to be harmful to people in the long run. My question is, why not dump it somewhere that will not have any consequences for innocent lives or for the company as a whole since it makes much more sense to not have to pay massive amounts of money for harming neighboring towns and cities. For example, in Flint, Michigan, where a “General Motors” car plant was manufacturing cars parts since the mid eighties and was dumping their waste which contained chlorine, sulfur, lead, and other toxic chemicals, into a river that ran through Flint. What they did not seem to notice was that the town got their water supply from that “fresh” river, but after they started to dump the chemicals, things started to change around that town. Kids started getting sick from the chemicals and families were filing lawsuits left and right because their child could possibly have lead poisoning. These situations are perfect examples as to why we should overcharge the companies that are responsible for these huge messes that are created from people just not caring it seems like. If this law were to pass, then I believe that businesses would change their minds about throwing their waste away in stupid areas that they know could affect the surrounding environment. These factories that are placed or moved into more residential areas should decide to operate in a more remote location that would be far away from houses and smaller businesses that seriously could be impacted by this inconsiderate decision. I feel that companies in this generation 100% care more about saving/making money than trying to prevent more casualties due to lead or other toxins in the water that causes cancer and other very serious illnesses. This is a matter that should not be overlooked for very long because this country seems to live off of production and manufacturing. America will keep on producing goods until the demand will run out but I do not see that coming into view in the near future by any means. We as a nation should focus more on things that are in the NOW and not in the past. I think it is the most idiotic thing that we are focusing on old JFK files instead of investing and researching new methods of energy, and different ways of ocean and land cleanup that can be used right now and in the future to help better our pollution and at the same time to try and reduce our carbon footprint even though we have gone too far to the point that we need two and a half Earths to satisfy our needs in the next 50-100 years.
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.