Mindi Messmer and Tom Irwin (CLF) talk about PFAS chemicals and NH Policy
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"I am a cancer survivor but my illness might have been brought on by the toxins in the well water. I urge my representatives to take the cleaning of the Coakley Landfill seriously to keep my family and those of my neighbors safe.”
Two private water sources have already been affected by high levels of 1,4-dioxane and Coakley Landfill Group had to install filters. NHDES said it's Coakley Landfill Group's problem. Other toxins, perfluorinated chemicals "PFAS" have also been found on neighboring properties as reported by USEPA.
With the highest in the nation rates of pediatric, breast, bladder and esophageal cancers and some of the highest thyroid and liver cancer, we want NH Department of Environmental Services and NH Department of Health and Human Services to protect public health by taking a precautionary approach to prevent cancer, and to protect human health at all life stages, including but not limited to prenatal development, as required by New Hampshire law.
Protecting New Hampshire's Families
Elected to the party's rules committee were State Rep. Renny Cushing, Esther Dickinson, Ryan Mahoney, Gene Martin and former Reps. Mindi Messmer and Jackie Weatherspoon.
On Thursday March 7, the full House will vote on whether to repeal the death penalty in NH. The bill received an “ought to pass” recommendation from the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.
What’s in your drinking water? This a question many in the U.S. may not think to ask themselves. On Wednesday, Feb. 20 the Environmental Studies department, along with environmental health scientist and U.S. Congressional candidate Mindi Messmer, hosted a screening of the film “The Devil We Know” and held a panel discussion afterwards.
Others to possibly keep an eye on are former deputy secretary of state and Bureau of Securities Regulation director Mark Connolly, who ran unsuccessfully for the 2016 gubernatorial nomination, former state representative Mindi Messmer of Rye, who ran unsuccessfully last year for the open seat in the 1st Congressional District, and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, who’s running for re-election this year for a second term.
Since the documentary “The Devil We Know” hit Netflix last month, the film’s promotional website has crashed several times because Americans are desperate to gain more knowledge about a family of chemicals affecting communities nationwide, the film’s producer said.
“This is not about one chemical,” said Kristin Lazure last week, a producer with Atlas Films. “It is really about a system that is broken. PFAS chemicals need stricter regulations.” PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, includes man-made chemicals such as GenX and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, the chemical found in Teflon.
CONCORD, N.H. – Calling the Coakley Landfill in North Hampton a “toxic soup,” state Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, on Tuesday asked fellow lawmakers to take action to clean it up now.
But speaking to members of the House Environment and Agriculture Committee, Robert Sullivan, a lawyer for the City of Portsmouth, which is part of the Coakley Landfill Group, said there is no imminent threat to public health as the bill describes
[Photo courtesy of Max Sullivan | Seacoastonline]
HAMPTON -- U.S. nuclear officials said they’re not “rushing to judgment” on an early decision to grant Seabrook Station’s license extension when pressed in a public meeting Wednesday.
GREENLAND -- The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed three recently dug “bedrock boreholes” near the Coakley landfill have tested positive for PFAS and 1,4-dioxane, both of which are suspected carcinogens.
The bedrock boreholes were dug outside of the Superfund cleanup site as part of the deep bedrock investigation to determine how contaminants are moving around and off the landfill site.
[Photo by Rich Beauschesne| Seacoast Online]
GREENLAND -- Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney believes “the central question facing this country is how terribly divided we are.”
“I think we need more unity and more common purpose in this country. We’re way too divided and someone has to run (for president) who actually cares about that,” Delaney said after visiting the Coakley landfill Monday with scientist and former state Rep. Mindi Messer and state Rep. Mike Edgar, D-Hampton.
RYE - Former state Rep. Mindi Messmer will continue serving on the Commission on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigation after a recent vote by Rye Selectmen.
Selectmen voted 3-0 to reappoint Messmer to the commission, even though she is no longer a state representative.
Activity is under full swing at the State House again. Your day-to-day life is directly impacted by what happens in Concord so it's good to keep apprised of what your state representatives and senators are doing on your behalf and support and communicate with them as much as you can.
Join me in declaring a Climate Emergency. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), levels of carbon dioxide, CO2, in the Earth’s atmosphere have reached the highest levels seen in 800,000 years. Levels of other global warming gases (methane and nitrous oxide) were the highest on record. In addition, 2017 was one of the hottest years on record since the 1800’s.
September 13 will be “Veto Day” when legislators have one final chance to override vetoes from the governor on bills previously passed by the legislature. These votes will close a critical chapter in my public service only two days after a new chapter hopefully begins with my selection on September 11 as your Democratic nominee for Congress.
I am so proud to have been a part of a legislative session in New Hampshire that has accomplished some major positive steps relating to gender identity and sexual orientation.
History will look back upon the tragedy of Parkland as the tipping point for real change. My heart goes out to everyone who felt the tragedy.
I thank Mom’s Demand Action for the honor of being recognized as the Gun Sense Candidate of Distinction
I joined more than 2,500 people to watch many courageous students who spoke out at the March for Our Lives Rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire yesterday. I am so proud of the students who were so powerful and exhibited courage and strength yesterday. They give us all hope for the future leadership of this country. Students - please know how to vote in November and overcome any obstacles that are put up to make it harder for you to do so. It is so very important.
This week an amazing thing happened in the New Hampshire State House. Representatives John Cloutier of Claremont and Latha Mangipudi of Nashua in support of my Anti-Hate Resolution, HCR13 about their experiences with hate in New Hampshire. The testimony was moving and I believe the passage of the Resolution is healing. The Resolution passed the House floor on a wide margin of 234 to 69.
The New Hampshire House has sent a statement to the world that we condemn hate crimes and any other form of conduct that constitutes racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination based on disability, age, marital or familial status, sexuality or gender discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus contrary to law. View bill: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_Status/billText.aspx?sy=2018&id=1168&txtFormat=pdf&v=current
Hope you had a great weekend! We were really busy in the North Country and on the Seacoast meeting and hearing from voters about what is important to them. If we didn't get to see you we hope to soon!
The effort had momentum. But it stalled late last month, when the committee recommended it be killed, 13-8. But it was committee Democrats, led by Rep. Mindi Messmer, D-Rye, that led the charge.
Senate Bill 247, “preventing childhood lead poisoning from paint and water and making an appropriation to a special fund,” is sponsored by Sens. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro; Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth; and David Watters, D-Dover, and Rep. Mindi Messmer of Rye.
On the Issues
Access to affordable and quality healthcare is a basic human right, and nobody should have to go bankrupt because of an illness or injury. For this reason, I fully support a single-payer healthcare system. Not only will universal healthcare save lives, but it will save money too.
Ripping children from their parents at the border is an outrage. The United States is a nation built on immigrants, not racism. With increasing numbers of refugees due to climate change and conflicts, we must re-implement the Family Case Management program for asylum-seekers, have a clear path to citizenship, and protect the decades-old Flores Settlement.
As an environmental scientist for over thirty years, I know how protecting our environment is integral to public health. Climate change and drinking water contamination are the two top threats to national security according to the Department of Defense. We must combat climate change by getting off of fossil fuels and protect our drinking water.
It is crucial that we invest in the future by providing our children with the education they need to succeed. For this reason, we must assure quality schooling from pre-Kindergarten through high school. Furthermore, we must stop saddling our children with unbearable student loan debt, and make public university tuition-free.
Currently, 1% of the population controls more wealth than the bottom 90% of the population, and the rest of us are struggling to get by. To solve economic inequality in our country, we need at least a $15 minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, and a tax code that works for the 99% of us – not just the corporations.
During my time in the New Hampshire State House of Representatives, I’ve seen countless out-of-state lobbyists flown in to fight against my legislation. The influence of money in politics is poisonous to our democracy, and for that reason, I am not accepting money from any PACs or special interest groups. Join this people-powered campaign to help us get money out of politics.
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Mindi's JAMA publication suggests ways to innovate clinical trials to get to a cure for Alzheimer's faster. Alzheimer's is a terrible disease that progressively attacks the dignity of our elderly and causes great strain on their families. Mindi actively tries to find ways to use her experience to fight for everyone.
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