Letter: Landfill bill needs override of veto

Published: 9/13/2022 7:04:06 AM
Modified: 9/13/2022 7:00:12 AM

Senator Gray recently telephoned me “as one of his constituents” (and his opponent for NH Senate District 6) to inform me of technical errors in my campaign finance report. A more welcome constituent service would be for him to take a new look at HB 1454 before veto override day on Sept. 15. This bill sets a new formula for location of new landfills a sensible distance from our precious surface water, replacing the current arbitrary and unscientific one-size-fits-all 200-foot standard.

HB 1454 has developers do a simple “perk test” before writing a full application, to avoid building a landfill in super-porous soil near surface water. Despite my Senator Gray’s ‘No’ vote, the measure passed with large bipartisan majorities. After Governor Sununu’s unfortunate veto, a 2/3 majority is required to override it. Thankfully, the Sept. 15 session gives Gray a chance to study the measure more and better understand how it protects the environment and safeguards our drinking water, without in any way making it difficult for responsible developers to find one of the vast majority of sites that are safe for landfills. It is my firm belief that if Sen. Gray votes his conscience, without influence from the waste management industry that has donated to his campaign, he will vote to override the veto. That is the kind of constituent service I’d like to see. Service to the people of New Hampshire and to the future generations of this beautiful state.

Ruth Larson



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