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NH Senate rejects landfill moratorium again
05-30-2024 1:52 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In a voice vote on Thursday, the Senate rejected the landfill moratorium, once again, denying it the opportunity for discussion in both chambers.Senate Bill 134 was initially proposed to provide disability pensions for police and fire personnel who...

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All but one landfill legislation in NH fail, industry influence questioned
06-04-2024 5:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As the New Hampshire legislative session wraps up, it’s another disappointing year for proponents of landfill legislation.Out of five bills focused on landfill regulations, only one has made it to the governor’s desk. This bill requires notifying the...


N.H. Senate frowns on House move to link landfill moratorium with disability pension bill
05-28-2024 2:53 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The House of Representatives’ attempt to revive the landfill moratorium bill by linking it to a pensions bill for public safety employees was seen as an unfair move by the state Senate.House Bill 1620 which looked to impose a moratorium on landfill...


NH House gives landfill moratorium bill a second chance
05-23-2024 12:14 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After the New Hampshire Senate killed a moratorium bill that would pause landfill permits, the House of Representatives has given the legislation a second chance by adding it to an unrelated bill, hoping the Senate will pass it this time.“I want...


DES’ proposed solid waste rules leave many unsatisfied
05-20-2024 3:52 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Disappointment echoed throughout the state Department of Environmental Services public hearing on solid waste rules as many environmentally conscious citizens took to the microphone to voice their concerns.Adam Plourde, a former Maine resident, found...


Environmental advocates wary of state’s industry-friendly solid waste rules
05-19-2024 12:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After years of operating under outdated solid waste regulations, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has proposed updated rules, but environmental advocates are concerned these changes may favor the waste industry over environmental...


Landfill legislation buried in Senate citing concerns from DES
05-15-2024 4:38 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Despite the potential to reshape waste management practices in New Hampshire, the state Senate has decided not to pass two landfill bills, citing concerns raised by the Department of Environmental Services.One of these bills, House Bill 602, proposed...


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...


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...


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...


State to study waste dumped in landfills and incinerators
02-12-2024 5:38 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The public might get a better understanding of what exactly is getting dumped in the state’s landfills and where it’s coming from, now that the Department of Environmental Services has initiated the first comprehensive study of the waste stream.Set to...


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...


Majority of solid waste bills failed 
07-20-2023 10:10 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Faced with more than a dozen bills related to solid waste during this year’s legislative session, lawmakers passed only two after six months of public hearings, debates and committee sessions.One bill introduces additional requirements for background...


Transparency issues arise on landfill setback bill 
06-29-2023 7:07 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As the legislative session approaches its end, a bill focusing on landfill setbacks is facing growing discontent following the public release of email exchanges between the state’s Department of Environmental Services and representatives of Casella, a...


Bow explores options for composting waste 
05-18-2023 7:16 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In an effort to reduce the amount of solid waste headed to landfills, the town of Bow has recently started to explore sustainable options for composting food waste.Inspired by a successful pilot program in New London, the recycling and solid waste...


Environmentalists hopeful about proposed Senate bill aimed at revising landfill siting rules
04-24-2023 9:29 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

A bill that could potentially bring about more stringent landfill safety regulations has been passed in New Hampshire’s Senate and is now headed to the House of Representatives, giving hope to environmental advocates. This follows the rejection of...


Solid waste debate: To burn or bury?
04-09-2023 8:15 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

With limited space and rising costs to bury trash in New Hampshire landfills, burning solid waste to generate energy is often hailed as a better environmental option.However, there’s a tradeoff – burning trash typically costs less, and frequently...


DES supports SB 61 to reexamine landfill setback regulation, opposes all other landfill related bills
04-05-2023 4:39 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Among the proposed landfill safety legislation circulating through the State House this session, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services supports only one bill.Senate Bill 61, which has earned DES’s support, gives the agency the...


Dalton’s concerns over landfill safety surface in DES's public input session
03-17-2023 12:04 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Concerns about landfill safety in New Hampshire and industries wielding too much power in environmental regulation decision-making have taken root in the North Country town of Dalton.Residents have been fighting against Casella Waste Systems, a...


Landfill Landscape: Proposed landfill in tiny North Country town raises environmental justice concerns
03-13-2023 6:21 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

For Jeanne Robillard, living on a waterfront property has been a long-held dream that became a reality in 2020 when she purchased a house on the far end of Burns Pond in Whitefield.Before that, she served four years on Bethlehem’s select board and was...


Bills address solid waste regulation, landfill safety
03-07-2023 1:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As New Hampshire strives to improve its solid waste management, state lawmakers have debated a number of bills aimed at strengthening landfill safety and promoting waste reduction.Bills related to landfill siting regulations and food waste disposal...

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