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NH Dem Mindi Messmer speaks at Women's March in Portsmouth NH after rival male candidate tries to get her off program.
Rep. Renny Cushing delivering parliamentary inquiry on tabling motion for my Anti-Hate Resolution (HCR13). "Hate has no place in the granite state." The motion was killed and the Resolution was passed.
Representatives John Cloutier of Claremont and Latha Mangipudi of Nashua speak in support of my Anti-Hate Resolution, HCR13, about their experiences with hate in New Hampshire.
Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on HB455 relative to the repeal of the death penalty. The bill passed the House floor on a veto-proof majority vote! About 50 people helped out as it moved through the House using our tool. On Tuesday, April 3 at 9:00 AM in Room 100 of the State House, the committee will vote on the bill. Be there to listen to the debate if you can.
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 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
PORTSMOUTH, NH: Today, NH Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, announced in a 40-page document that he has filed a lawsuits against 8 manufacturers of perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS or PFCs) including 3M, DuPont, Chemours, Chemguard, Tyco Fire Products, Buckeye Fire Equipment, Kidde-Fenwal, and National Foam, Inc. on behalf of NH communities facing drinking water contamination at a press conference this morning in Concord.
Former state Rep. Mindi Messmer, an environmental scientist and co-founder of New Hampshire Safe Water Alliance, said the biggest concern for PFAS exposure still comes from runoff from landfills, such as Coakley, into surface water supplies and also from PFAS chemicals’ presence in biosolids, which get turned into compost material and spread over agricultural lands.
“There are 300 landfills in the state and only eight have liners under them. There’s a lot that needs to be addressed in a holistic approach,” said Messmer, who is also a member of the state Commission on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigation.
Based on the new research from Minnesota, which the state says it’s also reviewing, Messmer says the standards should instead be no higher than: 3 ppt for PFOA; 13 ppt for PFOS; 30 ppt for PFHxS; and 1 ppt for PFNA.
Messmer led a group of environmental activists to deliver a petition with more than a thousand signatures at the DES offices in Portsmouth Friday.
“Now it’s time for our state to stop protecting the financial interests of polluters and start protecting us from the chemicals in the water,” Messmer said. “We have paid our price.”
GREENLAND -- The Board of Selectmen sent a letter to state officials urging them to set more protective drinking water standards for dangerous PFAS chemicals.
“While the standards being proposed are a good start and an improvement over current standards, the town believes that the proposed limits are not strict enough to ensure the safety of our drinking water,” selectmen state in the letter.
ATSDR acknowledges it has heard concerns from mothers who have been exposed to PFAS and how it might affect their infants when breastfeeding.
“Developmental effects are the most sensitive adverse health effects resulting from early life exposure to some PFAS,” the ATSDR stated in the report. “Studies have shown infants are exposed during pregnancy, through the mother to the fetus, and occur to the nursing infant during breastfeeding.”