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GSCVA TO ISSUE LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD
ON KEY ENVIRONMENTAL VOTES
upcoming mercury, groundwater protectionand lchip votes will appear on 2006 scorecard
Concord , NH : New Hampshire New Hampshire environmental community is watching as crossover approaches. GSCVA willbe highlighting individual legislators’ votes on key issues in itsLegislative Scorecard on the Environment at the conclusion of the 2006 session.
“GSCVA is sending this letter to make certainthat our lawmakers are aware that the environmental community is payingattention to how they are voting issues that affect New Hampshire’squality of life,” remarked Jim O’Brien, Executive Director of GSCVA. “Voters will be made aware of the positions their elected officials take,and will hold them accountable come election time.”
In its letter, GSCVA outlined a number ofissues that will be debated in the Lgislature over the next few weeks. Issues such as mercury reduction, groundwater management, speed limits on New Hampshire Berlin pulp mill. REP legislation could mean the addition of more wood poweredelectrical generating plants – opening up a new and much needed marketfor New Hampshire ’sforest industry.
“GSCVA is committed to electingleaders who will make New Hampshire ’senvironment a top priority,” said O’Brien. “By workingwith the conservation community to identify key legislation, we will work to singleout those lawmakers who are voting to protect our natural resources and thosewho are not. As in 2004, GSCVA will once again endorse and help electpro-environment candidates to office.”
A copy of the letter sent to New Hampshire legislators is attached.
Visit www.voteconservation.orgto review GSCVA’s scorecard for the 2005 session .
The Granite State Conservation Voters Alliance is a bi-partisan, statewide, non-profit organizationdedicated to protecting New Hampshire GSCVA was established with the advice and encouragement ofmany of New Hampshire state Legislators accountable for their votes and inform thepublic about key environmental issues under debate by the legislature. For more information, please visit www.VoteConservation.org
March 14, 2006
Hon. Robert Clegg
39 Trigate Road
Hudson , NH 03051
Dear Senator Clegg,
New Hampshire ’s mostimportant asset – our environment – by making it a priority issueto you, our elected officials.
Working as part of New Hampshire ’sconservation community, we identify and highlight important issues andlegislation that directly impact our air, water, wildlife, open space, andoverall health and well being.
As crossover approaches, wewant to let you know that voters in New Hampshire are watching veryclosely the outcome of key legislation that will affect New Hampshire ’senvironment. Your positions on these issues are important and will beshared with voters.
Please visit www.voteconservation.org to reviewour scorecard for the 2005 session.
Among the Issues the New Hampshire Environmental Community isWatching
Mercury - We allunderstand the threat toxic mercury poses to the health of New Hampshire . Mercury is a metal often emitted fromcoal-fired power plants, industrial boilers and incinerators. Once emitted,mercury is oxidized and falls rapidly out of the atmosphere and into our lakesand ponds, and onto our gardens, playgrounds and yards. Your vote thissession can reduce the amount of mercury emitted into New Hampshire
Renewable Energy Standards - New Hampshire needs to adopt sensiblerenewable energy standards for providers of electricity. Renewable EnergyPortfolio legislation will ensure that renewable energy is included as part of theelectricity resources serving New Hampshire , and -- byincreasing the required use of renewable sources over time – the Legislaturecan put the electricity generating industry on a path toward increasingsustainability
Berlin reminds us of theeconomic necessity in keeping demand for our local forest products high. The passage of Renewable Energy Portfolio legislation could mean the additionof more wood powered electrical generating plans – opening up a new andmuch needed market for New Hampshire ’s forestindustry.
LCHIP – As New Hampshire ’s rate ofgrowth continues to outpace the rest of and we lose moreand more land to development, it is imperative that the Legislature work topreserve our state’s most important natural, cultural and historicresources. The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program continues to be underfunded,resulting in lost opportunities for preservation. The Legislature shouldact to increase 2006 funding of LCHIP by $5 million, and to continue makingfull funding of this important program a priority.
Groundwater Management — The Department of EnvironmentalServices should have the authority to monitor groundwater as part of the publictrust and municipalities should be able to intervene when large groundwater withdrawalsare proposed. It is important that appropriate studies be required todetermine the effect that large withdrawals may have on municipal suppliesbefore a permit can be issued. These requirements should be part of anystrategy to manage this vital natural resource which will become increasinglyimportant over time as New Hampshire ’spopulation density increases.
Solid Waste Recycling – New Hampshire fell short of its 2000 goal of reducing the amount of solid wasteentering the state’s increasingly expensive landfills and incinerators by40 percent. A $1 per-ton solid waste disposal fee will greatly assist New Hampshire Burning of Construction andDemolition Debris New Hampshire
Speed limits on New Hampshire Lakes – Our lakesare an important natural resource, and an essential economic engine for New Hampshire . Keeping boats to asafe speed will help ensure that our lakes continue to contribute to thequality of New Hampshire These are but a few of theissues on which we’ll be monitoring your votes this session. Nodoubt you are familiar with the many environmental policy specialists workingin the statehouse to educate lawmakers about these and other environmentalissues that we will be monitoring as the session continues. We encourage you tobring specific questions relating to pending legislation directly to them.
We would also like to takethis opportunity to announce to you the hiring of GSCVA’s first full timeExecutive Director, Jim O’Brien. We have enclosed with this lettera recent Union Leader article on Jim and the Executive Director position. Please do not hesitate to call Jim to talk about GSCVA activities.
Rick Russman,Chair Amanda Merrill, Vice Chair