Governor Applauds House for Passing Legislation To Extend Moratorium on the Burning of Construction and Demolition Debris

From The Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch applauded the House of Representatives for today passing legislation to extend New Hampshire ' s moratorium on the burning of construction-and-demolition debris, a move he urged in his State of the State address.

" The burning of construction-and-demolition debris poses serious risks to the health of our citizens and the health of our environment. I applaud the House for recognizing the dangers posed by the burning of this debris and for voting to extend the moratorium, " Gov. Lynch said.

Maine is the only one of New Hampshire ' s neighboring states that allows the burning of construction and demolition debris. Eighty percent of the debris burned in Maine comes from out of state.

" We must not let New Hampshire become the new dumping ground for this toxic material, " Gov. Lynch said. " The House took decisive action today to prevent that from happening, and I call on the Senate to follow suit. "

Gov. Lynch signed legislation last year putting in place a moratorium on the burning of construction and demolition debris. That moratorium would end July 2006.

The legislation, HB 1443, extends the moratorium until December 31, 2007.