New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Bill Supporting Waste Incineration

New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Bill Supporting Waste Incineration

Date: 19 Jul 2018 | posted in: waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Within weeks of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo coming out against waste incineration in the Finger Lakes region, New Hampshire’s Governor Sununu vetoed a bill that would have provided more subsidies to the state’s six biomass incinerators, saving rate payers over $100 million over the next three years. In a statement accompanying his veto of Senate Bill 365, Sununu says:

“It harms our most vulnerable ratepayers and our job creators for the benefit of a select few”

On June 19th, 2018 the New Hampshire Journal posted an op-ed by Governor Sununu on his vetoes of this and Bill 465. If interested, the full legislation has been posted.

Wheelabrator Concord Company’s waste incinerator was tucked into a New Hampshire Senate bill designed to prop up the biomass industry in N.H., treating waste as an “indigenous renewable fuel” and waste incineration as a renewable energy source. The bill would have extended above market electric prices to Wheelabrator beyond the expiration date in early 2019 of a 30-year PURPA agreement.

For more context, explore our entire coverage of waste-to-energy falsehoods in states across America.

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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Recycling and Economic Growth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is a member of ILSR's Board of Directors.