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 46 legislative visits in 2014 with New Hampshire lawmakers and their staff at the state and federal level, raising the concerns of moms and dads across the state.

In 2014, more than 500 kids colored for clean air with MCAF at events throughout New Hampshire and over 2,300 parents signed postcards supporting EPA’s proposed standards to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

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 May 2014, we held our first annual NH Mama Summit were the Speaker of the NH House participated in our press conference and 28 activists met with the Congressional delegation, the Governor and several state legislators.

In July 2014, MCAF volunteers presented Senators Ayotte and Shaheen posters with hand prints of 143 children asking them to support cleaner air.

On July 28th, over 100 activists, staff from the Congressional delegation and state agencies participated in the Clean Power Plan Citizen’s Hearing held in partnership with the Climate Action Coalition at the Concord Library.

More than 1800 actions to support cleaner air, during 2014, were taken by New Hampshire moms, dads and grandparents.

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Moms Clean Air Force members in New Hampshire took more than 2000 grassroots actions in the second half of 2014.

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. 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.

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 advocating for reform of the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act.

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%)

Asthma

The prevalence of adult Asthma is higher in New Hampshire than in the US as a whole. New Hampshire data consistently show statistically significant increasing trends in adult asthma and it appears asthma is increasing 13.8 times faster among women than men.

The estimated total cost of environmentally attributable child asthma cases in New Hampshire is $9 million.

New Hampshire’s childhood asthma rate is among the highest in the nation. Childhood asthma prevalence in New Hampshire is estimated at 10.4%; roughly 30,000 children currently have asthma with on average 3,000 new children diagnosed with asthma every year.

Children 0-4 years old have the highest rates for both emergency department visits and inpatient hospitalizations for asthma. Child asthma prevalence varies across counties of the state, with estimates ranging from 5.1% in Grafton County, to 17.4% in Coos County. In New Hampshire, asthma is also one of the leading causes of days lost from school among children ages 5 to 17.

Ozone

In NH ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) are the primary air pollutants of concern. However, other contaminants, such as nitrogen-oxides and sulfur-dioxide occasionally occur at significant concentrations.

During a typical summer, an ozone smog event strikes the state about one out of every four to five days. Hardest hit is the southeastern portion of the state. The worst ozone days are created when the wind flows over the east coast corridor cities of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York prior to reaching New Hampshire. The seacoast often gets the worst pollution during an episode when a sea breeze brings Boston-produced ozone pollution in from the ocean to mix with ozone pollution blown-in from other areas. Click to download ozone level charts.

“Programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have brought numerous benefits to the Granite State, leading to new innovations while generating jobs and saving energy costs. We look forward to continuing to work with our regional partners to ensure that we reduce the harmful emissions that lead to climate change, while also helping to reduce energy costs, create jobs and encourage innovation in the state’s clean-energy economy.” -Governor Maggie Hassan, June 2014, commenting on new Federal Carbon Pollution Standards.

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.

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