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Letter: Strong leader for the EPA

In the sweltering heat of another heat wave a dozen New Hampshire hunting and fishing organizations and businesses just signed on to a letter asking our senators to support a strong leader for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

From concerns about mercury in the fish we catch and how this heat is beating down our moose population, this state’s sportsmen and women want a leader like Gina McCarthy, who has already significant experience in working right here in New England with both Republican and Democratic state and federal leaders on these issues.

She knows our needs and is prepared to work as a strong leader at EPA to meet the challenges.

One in four freshwater fish tested by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services had high mercury levels, and this state’s moose population has dwindled some 40 percent this last decade thanks to a changing climate of too warm winters and way too hot summers. Like right now!

Sportsmen and women across the country take seriously our responsibility to impart our love for the outdoors to the next generation of hunters and anglers, and we applaud McCarthy’s strong advocacy for connecting children with nature through her “No Child Left Inside” initiative, which she promoted while at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

It is a program with goals shared by many of our organizations.

The signers include: Buck Mercier, New Hampshire Moose and Bear Guide, Hooksett; Morse Sporting Goods Shop, Hillsboro; Suds N’ Soda Sport Shop, Greenland; Time Moose, New Hampshire Guide, Portsmouth; Wildlife Sports and Taxidermy, Manchester; Opechee Trading Post, Laconia; Belknap County Sportsmen’s Association; Dive Winnepesaukee, Wolfeboro; K and S Outdoor Adventure Guides, Hooksett; Ammonoosic Chapter Trout Unlimited; New Covenant Church Sportsmen’s Club, Rye; New Hampshire Trout Unlimited Council.

ERIC ORFF

Epsom

Over recent months, McCarthy repeatedly assured senators that the EPA was not working on carbon regulations for existing power plants. But then last week, Obama announced in his big climate speech the harshest coal EPA regulations in his WAR on the Middle Class.....she is perfect for Obama - would not tell you the truth if she knew it

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