Advocates react after Sununu’s recent veto involving landfills

Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 11:28 PM EDT
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DALTON, N.H. (WCAX) - Environmentalists and some lawmakers in New Hampshire are fuming at a recent veto by Gov. Chris Sununu involving landfills.

The bill was a result of a controversial landfill proposal in Dalton next to a state park. The bill would have required a scientist to issue a site-specific buffer zone between all future landfills and nearby waterways.

Currently, there is simply a one-size-fits-all 200-foot buffer requirement.

Supporters of the bill say the current law is outdated and they say Sununu’s veto is a potential blow to the region’s beauty.

“He touts himself as an environmentalist, he talks about the number two source of revenue is tourism, $6.5 billion in the state of New Hampshire, Yet he decides to veto a bill that protects landfills, waterways, state parks. And, I really don’t understand it,” said Rep. Tim Egan, D-Sugar Hill.

Sununu says the bill would ultimately cost the taxpayers because it would lead to more waste being shipped out of state. Sununu signed a bill that requires the state to create a solid waste plan before a new landfill license is issued.

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