State of the Air: NEW HAMPSHIRE

Here’s what we’ve accomplished in New Hampshire:

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WE HAVE 3,040 NEW HAMPSHIRE MEMBERS

We made 10 legislative visits since July 2013 with New Hampshire lawmakers and their staff at the state and federal level, raising the concerns of moms and dads across the state.

In August 2013, we brought 22 members to climate events in Concord and Portsmouth to demonstrate concern for the effects of climate change on our children’s health.

In September 2013 we worked with partners to bring more than 50 people to a Climate Roundtable in Nashua.

In October 2013, four Moms Clean Air Force members spoke at an EPA citizens hearing in Keene, NH, on limiting carbon emissions from power plants.

In November 2013:

  • We worked with partners to bring more than 40 participants to a community forum to discuss retiring the Merrimack coal plant.
  • A Moms Clean Air Force member spoke at an EPA hearing in Boston on limiting wood smoke from stoves. Four Moms Clean Air Force members attended the hearing.

 

In December 2013, we worked with partners to organize a Safer Chemicals Day of Action, producing dozens of phone calls and emails with our Senators on the need to protect our families from toxic chemical exposures.

In February 2014:

  • 38 members attended Moms Clean Air Force State of the Union watching party in Concord.
  • 6 Moms Clean Air Force members participated in the vigils against the Keystone Pipeline in Manchester and Concord.
  • In February 2014, 3 Moms Clean Air Force members attended and one testified in support of the new EPA wood burning furnace standards at the EPA Northeast public hearing in Boston.

In March 2014, 26 women attended our presentation at a Women’s Leadership Training in Concord.

In March and April 2014, more than 200 kids colored for clean air at Easter and Earth Day events, while parents signed postcards supporting EPA’s proposed standards to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

More than 250 postcards from New Hampshire residents in support of EPA’s proposed standards to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants were delivered to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in March 2014.

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Moms Clean Air Force members in New Hampshire took more than 850 grassroots actions in the second half of 2013.

Members of the NH Congressional Delegation, the Speaker of the NH House, and several state legislators have written articles for our blog urging our members to keep fighting for clean air.

Moms Clean Air Force is building a community of New Hampshire moms who care through hosting letter writing parties, coffees, and lunches with volunteers; presenting at Chambers of Commerce, summer camps, and other groups throughout the state; tabling at festivals and community events; and hosting movie screenings.

Here’s what we’re working on in New Hampshire:

Mercury: We are supporting strong limits on harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies that will reduce carbon emissions, and decrease dangerous co-pollutants, such as mercury.

Clean Energy: We are ensuring that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.

Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, through the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition.

Natural Gas Pollution: We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.

The Clean Air Act (CAA) has improved air quality in the Eastern US for more than 40 years, and remains an important tool for addressing the threat of man-made climate disruptions from the continued use of fossil fuels.

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The Clean Air Act has improved air quality in the Eastern US for more than 40 years.

Changing climatic conditions can alter the timing and intensity of fall foliage and impact snowfall and change our ecosystem. For example, seasonal snowfall at Pinkham Notch, NH has declined over a 78 year period, and snowpack is melting off 16 days earlier on average.

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Snowpack is melting off 16 days earlier on average.

Warmer temperatures allow the tick population to flourish which increases the spread of  Lyme disease and threatens the health of our moose population.

New Hampshire’s electricity generation by source, 2009:

  • Nuclear (44.1%)

  • Natural Gas (26.8%)

  • Coal (14.4%)

  • Conventional Hydroelectric (7.9%)

  • Wood and wood derived fuels (4.6%)

  • Wind (0.1%)

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Mercury deposited in New Hampshire is both emitted from in-state sources and carried here from sources upwind. Emissions upwind of New Hampshire are primarily attributable to coal-fired utilities and municipal and medical waste incinerators in the Northeast and Midwest. Studies show that mercury deposition rates in New Hampshire, as in the entire Northeast, are higher than in other areas of the country due to the combination of local emissions and transport from upwind sources. The global mercury reservoir that has resulted over time from both natural and man-made sources also contributes to deposition in the Northeast.

According to data from EPA, toxic air emissions from manufacturers in New Hampshire have decreased by over 85 percent since enactment of New Hampshire’s Air Toxics Control Program in 1987.

Fish from several waterbodies in New Hampshire have been shown to have higher than average mercury concentrations. For the waterbodies identified below, women of childbearing age and young children should not consume any fish; others may consume TWO, 8-ounce meals per month.

• Ashuelot Pond, Washington
• Comerford and Moore Reservoirs on the Connecticut River
• Crystal Lake, Gilmanton
• Dubes Pond, Hooksett
• Jackman Reservoir, Hillsboro
• Mascoma Lake, Enfield
• May Pond, Washington
• Tower Hill Pond, Candia

In addition, no fish should be consumed from the Androscoggin River from Berlin to the Maine border due to potential dioxin contamination.

Fine particulate matter in the White Mountains can reach levels harmful to human health. Over one 10-hour period in July 1995, unhealthy fine particle levels as high as 85 µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter of air) were recorded by the Appalachian Mountain Club, compared to the national health standard of 65 µg/m3 per 24-hour sample.

“Over the last six years moose numbers have dropped some 40 percent due to too warm winters causing a spike in moose tick numbers. Warm, snow reduced winters like 2007 and 2010 caused a huge spike in moose tick numbers resulting in some moose harboring well over a 100,000 ticks. This has resulted in significant moose die offs the following winters with as much as 40 percent of the adults dying and nearly 100 percent of the calves.”

In the Northeast, the 1990s were the warmest decade in recorded history. The Northeast’s average annual temperature has increased by about 1.8oF since 1899. In the White Mountains, spruce forest abundance has been declining since 1800. Climate records from Hanover show a 3oF increase in yearly temperatures and a 4oF increase in summer temperatures over the past 150 years.

Impacts on New Hampshire Ski Industry

• Loss of 10 – 20 percent of ski season days, representing a loss of $42 million to $84 million in direct and indirect spending in New Hampshire.

 Impacts on New Hampshire Forests

• Ecological collapse for several tree species, including beech, maple, and hemlock (an important species for deer during the winter).

• Widespread tree mortality, including spruce and others; decreases in vegetation density of 25 – 75 percent; extensive wildfires; large increases in pest and pathogen outbreaks; and a lag in the establishment of new forests for several decades.

• Northern movement of other local tree species from 100 – 300 miles.

• Potential large-scale die-offs of sugar maple, on average a $3 – $3.5 million dollar industry.

Impacts on New Hampshire Coasts

• Sea level rise of 12 – 20 inches, causing large scale alteration of Great Bay, reduction of coastal estuaries and flooding of rivers, as well as potentially large revenue losses from coastal tourism, a $484 million generator for New Hampshire.

• Huge infrastructure investments to erect dikes and dredge channels to “stem the tide.”

Impacts on New Hampshire Foliage

• Dulling and browning of foliage season due to tree die-offs, species substitution, and “climate stressed” unhealthy trees. New Hampshire foliage travelers on average spend a total of $292 million annually.

Impacts on New Hampshire Fishing

• Loss of cold water fishing: 50 – 100 percent eradication of rainbow, brook, and brown trout fishing, a $150 million New Hampshire industry.

A First Look At The Clean Power Plan

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON June 5, 2014
This was written by Megan Ceronsky for Climate 411:  Earlier this week, our nation took a ground-breaking step by proposing to finally establish carbon pollution limits on existing power plants — the single largest source of climate-destabilizing pollution in the U.S. and one of the...

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