HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTIONS DAYS LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Senator Bob Letourneau

(603) 271 – 3207

July 20, 2006

Concord , NH – House Bill 1429, an act relative to costs of personnel and rates forequipment use in hazardous waste incidents was recently signed into law. HouseBill 1429 allows for local communities to conduct “household hazardouswaste collection days” for proper disposal.

Many towns and communities avoid holding hazardous waste collections asthey were concerned about the liability of transporting the waste to a facilitywhere it can be properly disposed of. House Bill 1429 requires the Departmentof Environmental Services to be liable for the cleanup and restoration of anaffected site should the hazardous waste be spilled during transport.

Senator Bob Letourneau (R- Derry), co-sponsor of the bill commented,“This legislation protects citizens and municipalities. Householdhazardous waste accounts for 90 percent of the toxicity found in landfills. Icommend everyone that worked so hard to get this piece of legislation passed. New Hampshire residentscan rest assure that harmful chemicals that are found in the waste are beingproperly disposed of.”