Conserving Our Environment
In New Hampshire, we are blessed with incredible mountains, lakes, and forests. I come from a family that has a long history of supporting conservation and wildlife in New Hampshire, and I cherished growing up spending time on Newfound Lake and enjoying all four beautiful seasons in the North Country. My family continues to appreciate the natural beauty of our state and I am passionately committed to preserving the pristine environment of the Granite State.
The Granite State is home to two National Parks, one National Heritage Area, eleven National Natural Landmarks, and 22 National Historic Landmarks. This rich natural and historical heritage plays a leading role in the tourism industry that is a main driver of the New Hampshire economy.
Conservation is also a hallmark of New Hampshire history and an important part of managing our forests and farmlands. I believe that we have a generational responsibility to protect our environment and ensure that our children and grandchildren are left with clean air and clean water. But I also believe that this important goal will help us strengthen our economy and create jobs right here in America.
That is why I am working with Republicans and Democrats to find commonsense solutions like these that will continue to grow our economy while preserving the health and beauty of our environment
- Defending Wildlife Habitat Grants: I introduced an amendment to the Farm Bill to increase funding for grants to protect wildlife habitat in forests and farmlands. Although my amendment did not initially pass in the Agriculture Committee, I continued to work with Republicans and Democrats, and my amendment was passed by the full House of Representatives to ensure that farmers and foresters can still count on the support provided by the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP).
- Protecting Conservation Easements: I am a cosponsor of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act (H.R. 2807) which would make tax deductions and incentives permanent for landowners who permanently retire development rights on their lands. This will help protect forests, fields, and farms in New Hampshire and ensure that we maintain the natural landscape that defines the Granite State.
- Strengthening the Land and Water Conservation Fund: The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important tool in protecting sensitive lands, wetlands, and water bodies—and at no cost to the taxpayers. I support robust funding for the LWCF and was proud to join many of my colleagues in urging the House Appropriations Committee to support this important program.
- Ensuring the Quality of Our Drinking Water: Clean drinking water is essential to good health. In July 2016, I cosponsored the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act (H.R. 2430), which would invest $20 billion over five years in wastewater infrastructure through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
- Using Sustainable Energy: I am a cosponsor to a Climate Resolution that supports 50% renewable energy by 2030. This bill expresses the need to establish a national goal of more than 50% clean and carbon-free energy by 2030 for the purpose of avoiding the devastating impacts of climate change.
To further my commitment to conserving our environment, I am also a member of the Congressional Bike Caucus, the High Performance Building Caucus, and the National Parks Caucus.
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Honoring the Heroes of D-Day
(Washington, DC) – At the annual New Hampshire Business Day luncheon, an event hosted by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that features prominent speakers and is attended by Granite State business leaders, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official announced a substantial award of federal funding for environmental cleanup efforts in New Hampshire. During her remarks, Alexandra Dunn, Assistant Administrator for the U.S.
Kuster’s Q&A can be watched here.
**Kuster’s Q&A can be watched HERE**
U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., highlighted the issue of toxic chemicals in New Hampshire’s drinking water in Washington on Wednesday.
Kuster spoke at a hearing about the impact contamination from the chemicals is having on communities near some industrial plants and military bases.
Last week, Kuster, along with Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., introduced a new act stopping the introduction of new per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
WASHINGTON – Chemicals from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics caused problems for the Merrimack water supply, so New Hampshire officials hope new legislation will help limit their future output.
The materials are known as per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that these chemicals are linked to health problems such as cancer, low infant birth weights, immune system problems and thyroid hormone disruption.
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01), both members of the Bipartisan PFAS Task Force, have introduced the Protecting Communities from New PFAS Act. This legislation would prevent new PFAS chemicals from being approved through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pre-manufacture notice system. Since 2002, there have been more than 100 new PFAS chemicals reported to the EPA, and chemical companies are creating replacement, or short-chained, PFAS chemicals that still show environmental and health toxicity concerns.
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Ranking Member on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Chris Pappas (D-NH) today applauded the announcement of a $94 million grant over five years from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the newly created Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute, which will be led by a consortium that includes the University of New Hampshire (UNH).
**Climate Action Now Act Includes Rep. Kuster’s Amendment to Support Clean Jobs in Rural Communities**
**You can watch Rep. Kuster speak in support of her amendment HERE**
**Amendment will be included in H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act**
**The full video of Rep. Kuster introducing her amendment on the floor can be viewed HERE**