Energy + Environment

DES poised to get $30,000 to address cyanobacteria

BY: - May 25, 2022

Fueled by climate change, the state’s cyanobacteria problem has been worsening in recent years – making some rivers and lakes potentially harmful to human health. On Thursday, lawmakers in the House and Senate will vote on House Bill 1066 – one attempt to tackle this problem. If both bodies approve it, the bill would advance […]

NOAA forecasts busy Atlantic hurricane season, with at least 3 major storms

BY: - May 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be the seventh in a row with an above-normal number of storms, according to a forecast the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released Tuesday.  NOAA administrator Rick Spinrad said the agency expects there will be between 14 and 21 named storms, with six to 10 […]

State’s fish hatcheries are about to get a boost; some environmentalists say that’s a problem

BY: - May 11, 2022

Many of the state’s fish begin their lives not in a mountain stream but in a small white box in New Hampton at one of the state’s six fish hatcheries, where young fish are bred and raised before being released in the wild. Brown trout, rainbow trout, and landlocked salmon are grown at these hatcheries […]

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Senate passes landfill buffer zone legislation

BY: - May 5, 2022

After a two-year fight over landfill buffer zones, the Senate passed a bill aimed at protecting drinking water from contamination in a 16-8 vote following a heated debate on the Senate floor.  House Bill 1454 establishes a buffer between landfills and bodies of water, requiring landfills to be sited far enough away so contaminated groundwater […]

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An energy efficiency plan for New Hampshire

BY: - May 3, 2022

A new state energy efficiency plan has been approved by the Public Utilities Commission, per an order issued late last week that authorizes spending $223.7 million across seven energy efficiency programs through 2023. The approved plan includes residential as well as commercial and industrial programs, with rebates and incentives covering things like home and building […]

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New Hampshire to receive $26 million in new carbon-reduction program

BY: - May 2, 2022

New Hampshire is set to receive $26 million over five years through a new carbon-reduction program announced by President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Transportation in April. Nationwide, the program includes $6.4 billion in spending and is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It aims to “fund projects that help fight climate change […]

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Senate rejects lobster licenses for recreational scuba divers

BY: - April 28, 2022

Lobsters were the unlikely subject of a lively debate on the Senate floor Thursday, culminating in the chamber voting down a bill that would have granted lobster licenses for recreational scuba divers. Opponents of House Bill 1297 said it could harm the state’s commercial lobster industry, which makes up 70 percent of the value of […]

Closing the ‘big gap’: Senate to vote on rail trail connector bill

BY: - April 20, 2022

The Senate is set to approve a bill Thursday that would make it easier to connect segments of the state’s rail trail by protecting railroad property owners from liability when outdoor recreation is allowed on the land.  Without House Bill 1579, “We can’t close what we call the big gap,” Jason Soukup told Senate lawmakers […]

As lawmakers and utilities embrace renewable natural gas, environmental groups raise concerns

BY: - April 19, 2022

Buried under a pile of trash in a landfill in northern New Hampshire, apple cores, eggshells, and other bits of discarded food are decomposing. That process generates a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide – a gas the state’s utilities want to capture and use as fuel.   This so-called renewable natural gas […]

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State reaches agreement with Saint-Gobain on providing water to 1,000 impacted properties

BY: - April 18, 2022

The Attorney General’s Office has reached an agreement with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics requiring the company to permanently provide clean water to around 1,000 properties that have been impacted by PFAS contamination. The agreement, announced by the state on Monday, will cover properties in the towns surrounding the Saint-Gobain facility, including in Bedford, Hudson, Litchfield, Londonderry, […]

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Young organizers seek a seat at the table to help shape state’s climate policies

BY: - April 13, 2022

This article was updated at 9:17 a.m. on April 13, 2022 to reflect that Ben Doyle is a student at Portsmouth High School. When Loreley Godfrey testifies before the New Hampshire Legislature, she is the youngest person in the room by far.  Policies set today impact the climate Godfrey, 17, and other student organizers will […]

Wildfire season reaches New Hampshire

BY: - April 12, 2022

A 4.6 acre fire that burned in Strafford in late March is among the largest of several fires rangers have responded to so far this spring. It’s unlikely to be the last. Spring is an active wildfire season, when some of the largest fires can burn across the state, and the season is just getting […]