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Ayotte has lifetime rating of 35% from League of Conservation voters

To The Daily Sun,

I am student at Plymouth State University, my studies there have taught about the detrimental environmental and economic impacts that fossil fuel consumption has on our society.

As a community, we should demand that our elected local leaders take stronger stances when it comes to protecting our air and water. Kelly Ayotte has a lifetime rating of 35 perecent on voting for the environment from the League of Conservation Voters, which seems pretty abysmal to me. If I received a 35 on a test, I would be mortified.

Our state and our country needs leaders who will aid in the transfer of fossil fuel consumption to more sustainable alternatives. If we do not become extremely practiced in incentivizing a transition to a clean energy economy, we will miss out on a chance to create jobs, stimulate our local economy, and preserve our planet. That's why, when I cast my vote for the first time, I will cast it for Maggie Hassan.

Justin Pintauro

Plymouth

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No guarantee that the biosolids being spread here are really 'local'

To The Daily Sun,

Gilmanton's Sandi Guarino's July 22 letter voices legitimate concerns about biosolids being spread in her town. Sandy states that it makes no sense to stockpile and spread this pollutant-rich waste on farms. Her argument is buttressed by mounting research and field reports linking biosolids to adverse impacts on soil, wells, live stock, and human health.

Biosolids use is especially risky in New Hampshire with its moist climate, permeable soils, slopes, and high and variable water tables. Yet DES refuses to update the current state rules. That is why dozens of New Hampshire towns have promulgated more stringent science based local ordinances. Without such ordinances towns like Gilmanton are targeted by the sludge brokers.

In fact, most of the state's 2016 biosolids are being spread in Gilmanton with no guarantee that the sludge is "local." We urge concerned Gilmanton residents who share Sandy's concerns to place an article on the 2017 Town Warrant. Not an outright ban, but a more protective local ordinance which grandfathers those sites that currently are permitted until these permits expire. For guidance they might want to consult the Sierra Club's newly created Tool Kit for Sludge Activists.

Caroline Snyder

North Sandwich

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