Hadley Barndollar

Hadley Barndollar

Hadley Barndollar covers climate, energy, environment, and the opioid crisis for the New Hampshire Bulletin. Previously, she was the New England regional reporter for the USA TODAY Network and was named Reporter of the Year by the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Email: [email protected]

Free menstrual products now required at all New Hampshire prisons and jails

By: - August 11, 2023

New Hampshire’s prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities are now bound by state law to provide menstrual products at no cost to incarcerated individuals who biologically menstruate. Signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu on Aug. 4, House Bill 421 sought to close gaps in equitable access to menstrual products across the state’s incarceration system. While […]

NH DOJ: ‘More complex civil litigation load than at any time in recent memory’

By: - August 9, 2023

The state’s Department of Justice is seeking nearly $7 million in additional funds for ongoing legal expenses related to “the number of particularly complex and labor-intensive cases” in its criminal and civil bureaus.  Detailing a high-volume caseload that has “nearly exhausted” dedicated funds for fiscal year 2024, Attorney General John Formella’s request will go before […]

Fentanyl test strips

NH decriminalizes fentanyl and xylazine test strips

By: - August 7, 2023

With Gov. Chris Sununu’s signature last week, New Hampshire has removed fentanyl and xylazine testing equipment from the definition of “drug paraphernalia” in state law. Several efforts this past legislative session sought to decriminalize what harm reduction advocates call life-saving tools in an increasingly adulterated and contaminated drug market. House Bill 287, which Sununu signed […]

NH state buildings energy

Reducing energy consumption, costs in more than 700 state-owned buildings

By: - August 3, 2023

The State of New Hampshire owns and operates more than 700 buildings. That number doesn’t include space it leases, like its retail liquor stores, offices, and pump stations and wastewater treatment plants. In fiscal year 2022, the state government spent more than $18.4 million on its own energy costs. Building on an effort that’s been […]

FEMA flood outreach

1 inch of water, $25K in damage: Time to consider flood insurance, NH officials say

By: - August 2, 2023

DJ Bettencourt most frequently hears from consumers that flood insurance is “expensive.” And while that may be unequivocally true for some households, the deputy commissioner at the New Hampshire Department of Insurance is trying to reframe that thinking, and urgently so. The average annual cost of flood insurance in the state is a little over $1,000, […]

Hill Elementary

NH prioritizing ‘disadvantaged’ public schools in energy efficiency grant funding

By: - July 28, 2023

The state’s Department of Energy is giving economically disadvantaged public schools a better chance at accomplishing energy efficiency projects, as part of an effort to align itself with a federal directive from President Joe Biden. A competitive matching grant program designed to advance projects in public and chartered public schools in small communities, the School […]

Want real-time air quality data for New Hampshire? You can find it here.

By: - July 25, 2023

Several air quality warnings have been issued across the state so far this summer as a result of the unprecedented Canadian wildfires. The fires began in June and now number around 1,000.  Their smoke – a mixture of air pollutants produced when wood and other organic materials burn – has made its way on several […]

PFAS annihilator

NH is first state to partner with ‘PFAS Annihilator’ to destroy firefighting foams 

By: - July 25, 2023

In 2019, the state of New Hampshire banned firefighting foams containing PFAS chemicals, as mounting evidence linked the widely used fire suppressant to higher cancer rates among firefighters and contamination of drinking water.  And yet, fire departments around the state are still storing these now-prohibited foams on site. That’s because, up until now, there wasn’t […]

Dundee Community Forest: 1,250 acres conserved in Mount Washington Valley

By: - July 21, 2023

Believed to be the largest unprotected swath remaining in the Mount Washington Valley, 1,250 acres in the towns of Jackson and Bartlett are now conserved in perpetuity.  This week, Trust for Public Land, Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, and the state of New Hampshire announced the creation of the Dundee Community Forest, a newly conserved […]

Executive Council tables PUC contract with outside consultant 

By: - July 20, 2023

The Executive Council unanimously tabled a contract between the Public Utilities Commission and a Washington, D.C.-based economic consulting firm over price concerns. The PUC says the contract is necessary to “adequately analyze its workload of dockets.” PUC Chairman Daniel Goldner told councilors on Wednesday that not moving forward with the contract could put the commission […]

Apparel Impact

How one NH company saves 10 million pounds of textiles from heading to landfills 

By: - July 19, 2023

Inside a Hooksett warehouse on a humid Tuesday, Joe Whitten explains that it can take up to three generations for a non-biodegradable T-shirt to decompose in a landfill. That means any clothing made of polyester, rayon, spandex, or nylon.  Last year, Apparel Impact, Whitten’s for-profit company, diverted 10 million pounds of textiles from landfills in […]

Mount Cardigan fire tower

Fire tower project may limit Mount Cardigan access through end of August, state says

By: - July 14, 2023

July 20 update: On days when the helicopter is flying, all trails will be closed. Hikers seeking to enjoy the trails and summit at Mount Cardigan this summer should be aware of periodically limited access due to an ongoing fire tower replacement project, the state says. From July 17 through Aug. 31, there will be […]