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NCABC Applauds Passage of HB 1620

BCM Environmental and Land Law March 7, 2024

NCABC Applauds Passage of HB 1620

Bipartisan legislation seeks to “pause” issuance of solid waste permits

CONCORDNorth Country Alliance for Balanced Change (NCABC) applauded the passage of House Bill 1620 which will put a pause on the issuance of any solid waste permits until 2028. This bi-parisan legislation was recommended 18-0 out of the House Environment and Agriculture Committee and was placed on the consent calendar where it received a unanimous voice vote.

“In a time of increasingly partisan politics, the New Hampshire House has unanimously agreed and emphatically voted to sound the alarm that the state must pause the issuance of any new landfill permits,” said Wayne Morrison, President of NCABC. “The truth of the matter is we have ample landfill capacity, our current siting rules are archaic and new lawsuits and leaks are being reported every month. The last thing New Hampshire needs is to rush the construction of an ill-sited PFAS factory to accept more trash from Massachusetts.”

“The same developer that spilled 154,000 gallons in Bethlehem, had their landfill catch on fire in Maine last year, and just this week spilled another 9,000 gallons of toxic leachate in Vermont wants New Hampshire to fast track construction of a new landfill,” said Tom Tower, Vice-President of NCABC. “For the sake of our residents, businesses, and local water supplies, the state must take the time to make sure we get this once in a generation decision right.”


The North Country Alliance for Balanced Change (NCABC) was founded in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens working to ensure that a proposed drag strip in Dalton, New Hampshire would not damage fragile wetlands around Alder Brook and pollute the Ammonoosuc River watershed.

NCABC works to advance initiatives and policies that balance the region’s natural resources and economic interests. Located in New Hampshire’s Great North Woods — Coos and northern Grafton