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Opinion: NH legislators must act to ban PFAS in consumer products
04-09-2024 6:00 AM

By TOM IRWIN

Tom Irwin is vice president and director of CLF New Hampshire. Each time we turn on the tap, we expect clean water. But in recent years, towns and cities across New Hampshire have discovered a dirty truth. Water in many communities has been tainted...

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DES against landfill moratorium bill
04-08-2024 5:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As testimony on bills targeting landfill safety in New Hampshire continues in both chambers of the legislature, the state Department of Environmental Services maintains its stance against proposed legislation advocating for a four-year moratorium of...


Bills to reduce waste imports won’t affect Turnkey and NCES landfills
04-02-2024 5:13 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Rochester is home to the largest landfill in New England, the Turnkey landfill, where more than half of the waste comes from out-of-state rather than from within New Hampshire.In 2023, the Turnkey landfill took in over 595,000 tons of out-of-state...


From lunch trays to garden beds: Hopkinton students compost food waste
03-28-2024 5:09 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Owen Lanman and his friends stood guard near the color-coded bins in Maple Street school’s cafeteria, ensuring every student dumped their lunch leftovers into the appropriate receptacles designated for compost, recycling and landfill.“I like doing it...


Bill banning products made with PFAS moves forward
03-26-2024 5:43 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Mattresses, feminine hygiene products, food packaging and several other everyday items with added forever chemicals, may face a potential ban as a bill prohibiting their sale and distribution in New Hampshire progresses forward to the House of...


Committee advances bills to restrict out-of-state trash
03-19-2024 5:42 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Two bills addressing the import of out-of-state trash are heading to the House of Representatives with a positive recommendation, offering a solution toward alleviating the strain on the state’s landfill capacity.New Hampshire receives nearly half of...


Opinion: The bad news and good news about landfills in New Hampshire
03-04-2024 4:15 PM

By ELIOT WESSLER

Eliot Wessler lives in Whitefield and works with a number of grassroots organizations in NH’s North Country. Let’s start with the bad news: New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services (DES) has known for years that our state is awash in...


DES neutral on bills to prevent out-of-state trash
02-15-2024 4:30 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Tom Tower found the decision to privatize solid waste management in New Hampshire decades ago to be a logical choice. However, with the state’s sluggish pace in updating its plan to deal with its trash and the alarming influx of waste from neighboring...


Opinion: Climate Action Plan fails without forests
02-15-2024 6:00 AM

By JOE SHORT

Joe Short is vice president of the Northern Forest Center. As the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) creates the newest iteration of the state’s Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP), it must acknowledge and include the key role...


New bottle bill shifts responsibility to beverage producers
01-15-2024 3:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

A renewed push for a bottle bill is underway but with a twist – the responsibility of managing the recycling program will rest on the shoulders of beverage producers and distributors.Unlike previous attempts, this year’s bill, House Bill 1636,...


Where does your trash and recycling go?
01-06-2024 11:03 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

A pizza box, a bag of chips and a soda can all have one thing in common – the “recycle” symbol printed on their packaging asking customers not to throw them away in the trash.But the reality is that dropping off these items at your local transfer...


Bills target out-of-state trash
01-01-2024 12:06 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

New Hampshire has become a dumping ground for out-of-state trash.But that could change during the upcoming legislative session as lawmakers try to slam the brakes on trucks bringing waste from beyond state borders.One bill takes on the Interstate...


Micro Mama’s trying to cultivate a better future for agriculture, environment and health
12-19-2023 4:37 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The symphony of vegetables inside the fermentation tanks at Micro Mama’s – cabbage, carrots, and beets to name a few — are much more than healthy condiments and side dishes.The products are all steeped in Stephanie Zydenbos and Samantha Cleveland’s...


Opinion: How to account for the human cost of climate change
12-05-2023 6:00 AM

By DAN WEEKS and SINDISO MNISI WEEKS

Dan Weeks and Dr. Sindiso Mnisi Weeks live in Nashua. Our children have a rambunctious streak. When their seemingly endless energy exceeds their not-so-endless judgment, things tend to break or get damaged.As parents, our job is to help them...


Mixed reactions on proposed landfill setback criteria
10-19-2023 5:37 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Proposed changes to the state’s environmental protection rules would increase the setbacks for landfills to be located no less than 500 feet from bodies of water, more than double the current 200-foot barrier. The Department of Environmental Services...


Opinion: The NH House needs a climate science intervention
10-10-2023 4:00 PM

By JOHN GAGE

John Gage of Windham is volunteer NH state coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby. The opinions expressed are his own and do not represent the position of CCL. When my daughter and I attended a hearing of the NH House Committee on State-Federal...


Hopkinton-Webster transfer station agreement remains the same
09-13-2023 5:25 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The cost of cleaning up the PFAS-contaminated sludge at the Hopkinton-Webster transfer station and potentially relocating it off-site could cost the towns $13.8 million. The 52,000 tons of sludge containing “forever” chemicals at the transfer station...


Public hearing shifts focus to environmental agency’s commitment
09-06-2023 5:11 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Jacquelyn Elliot, a former Granite Stater now residing in Maine, is worried the state’s environmental agency is prioritizing private economic gain over public safety.“Waste is managed as a commodity which drives profits and incentivizes...


Public hearing to be held Wednesday on Turnkey landfill expansion
09-05-2023 4:40 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In response to concerns from residents and state officials about the proposed expansion of the Turnkey Landfill in Rochester, the state Department of Environmental Services will hold a public hearing to discuss the plan’s potential impacts on both...


Innovative partnerships help turn waste into Trex benches
09-04-2023 6:34 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Earth-toned benches are appearing in several communities across New Hampshire, gracing spaces such as libraries, schools, and even supermarkets. What makes these benches unique is that they’re not constructed from traditional materials like wood or...


Hopkinton to clean up PFAS contamination
08-22-2023 4:23 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Sludge in septic lagoons accumulated over the years at Hopkinton’s transfer station has been identified as containing “forever” chemicals, and the town is working on a plan to resolve the issue. The movement comes after the Department of Environmental...

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