Barrage of waste mitigation fees in today’s ‘Maggie’s Taxes of the Day’
Now that we’re under the two-week mark until Election Day, Ovide Lamontagne’s campaign is spotlighting more taxes supported by Maggie Hassan than ever before.
Today’s round of ‘Maggie’s Taxes of the Day’ spotlights seven waste mitigation fee increases aimed at private businesses, and they comprise taxes number 41-47:
41) A company looking to construct a waste plant saw their permit fee increase from $5,000 to $7,500.
42) Fees for small waste generators increased for $60 to $90 annually.
43) The fee for initial operation of any waste generator was increased from $100 to $150.
44) The application fee for the state’s Brownfields Program, designed to help redevelop land contaminated by waste, increased from $500 to $750.
45) The fee to actually participate in the Brownfields Program once an application is accepted was increased from $5,000 to $7,500.
46) Should a person or business request an expedited review of the environmental site assessment report on a Brownfield, those fees increased from between $1,200 to $1,800 up to $5,000 to $7,500 depending on the value of the land.
47) The permit application for the Groundwater Management Program increased for $1,000 to $2,000. Interestingly, prior to Sen. Hassan, this fee covered the cost of the permit. As a result of this change, it now just covers the application, leaving another fee for the permit.
These fees resulted from HB 472, which Hassan backed in 2007.
“The government has an important role to play in preventing the illegal dumping of dangerous substances. But for those individuals or businesses looking to get rid of waste safely and legally, should the State of New Hampshire make it more expensive? Sen. Maggie Hassan believes so,” read this morning’s release from the Lamontagne campaign.