The Forest Society is supporting two bills that seek to address how New Hampshire disposes of the trash that is generated both in-state and from out–of-state. The Committee on Environment and Agriculture held hearings on HB 1049 and HB 1454 on January 18.
HB 1049 establishes a committee to study the siting criteria for new solid waste landfills; HB 1454 would prohibit the siting of landfills within a proscribed distance of groundwater sources.
The full House approved on February 16 an amended version of HB 1049. The House-passed bill expands the study committee’s duties to include: a review of the definition of the required setback of landfills from water bodies; an examination of laws and legislation in any other states or countries that establish extended producer responsibility (EPR) for electronic waste, batteries, automotive waste, and hazardous waste; whether to require surety bonding of landfills to ensure the capacity to pay for potential damages.
The Committee on Environment and Agriculture will consider HB1454 when it holds a work session on March 1.