Annie Ropeik

Reporter: Energy, Environment, Seacoast

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Annie Ropeik joined NHPR’s reporting team in 2017, following stints with public radio stations and collaborations across the country. She has reported everywhere from fishing boats, island villages and cargo terminals in Alaska, to cornfields, factories and Superfund sites in the Midwest.

Her work has appeared on NPR, the BBC and CNN, and earned recognition from PRNDI and multiple state press clubs.

Originally from Silver Spring, MD, Annie caught the public media bug during internships at NPR in Washington and WBUR in Boston. She studied classics at Boston University and enjoys a good PDF, the rule of threes and meeting other people’s dogs.

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The North Country town of Dalton on Tuesday night approved temporary zoning rules that some residents hope will block a proposed landfill near a state park.

The town of about 1,000 residents was one of fewer than 20 in New Hampshire with no zoning ordinance.

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Tests by New Hampshire regulators show PFAS chemicals in bottled water brands sold across New England.

The Department of Environmental Services tested for PFAS in a random sample of bottled water sold in the state.

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The Piscataqua River will be dyed red Monday night as Portsmouth studies how wastewater from a local treatment plant would affect shellfish harvesting.

The city will release a nontoxic red dye into the river along with treated wastewater from its Pease outfall. The study will last about 12 hours, starting Monday evening into Tuesday.

The flow of the dye will simulate how untreated wastewater would move in the river, if filtration at the Pease plant ever malfunctioned.

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A new addiction recovery service center is open in Hampton, despite a delay in some promised state funding.

The Hampton recovery center, located on Lafayette Road close to Seabrook and Hampton Falls, is the third run by the nonprofit SOS, which also has locations in Rochester and Dover.

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Eversource has officially pulled the plug on the Northern Pass transmission line.

The utility filed a notice with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission late Thursday, a spokesman says, “reflecting our conclusion that Northern Pass has unfortunately been brought to an end.”

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The North Country town of Dalton holds a public hearing Tuesday on plans to try and block a controversial landfill project.

The informational hearing at 7 p.m. comes ahead of a special town meeting July 30, where the town will vote on the emergency zoning proposal.

Dalton is one of the state's few towns with no zoning ordinance. This proposal would put some basic zoning in place.

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Officials will cut the ribbon Tuesday on a major water treatment plant at Pease International Tradeport.

The new system will scrub PFAS chemicals out of the large aquifer that once supplied drinking water at the former Air Force base.

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Governor Chris Sununu has signed a bill aimed at helping low-income residents benefit from solar power.

It was one of his stated priorities for the year – and one of the few renewable energy proposals on which he compromised with Democratic lawmakers.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Friday dealt what may be the final blow to the Northern Pass transmission line.

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New Hampshire on Thursday adopted the country’s most sweeping limits for PFAS chemical contamination in drinking water.

The strict standards won approval from the state legislature’s administrative rules committee, along roughly party lines.

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Legislators filed a preliminary objection Thursday to the New Hampshire Department of Education's new Learn Everywhere program. 

The program would tell school districts to offer high schoolers graduation credits from outside extracurricular activities. 

The program has support from the governor and the state Board of Education. Thursday's hearing was on the rules to implement it.

The state's Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules objection was along party lines.

 

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If you drive Route 4 through Northwood, you pass a cluster of colorful cabins by a small lake: the Cottages at Harvey Lake. Generations of travelers have gone there to relax, despite it being just a stone’s throw from one of the busiest roads in the state.

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Some local officials are worried the state is moving too fast on new regulations to limit PFAS chemicals in drinking water.

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Local leaders in Newington are coming under fire after town employees removed Pride month signs from some residents' lawns last month.

Town administrator Martha Roy says the small Seacoast town has long enforced a local ordinance restricting certain signs advertising special events.

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A new study says New Hampshire and the nation will see far more days with dangerous heat over the coming decades – especially without more action to curtail climate change.

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Governor Chris Sununu on Friday signed a bill adopting a stricter limit on arsenic in the state's drinking water.

The new standard will require local water systems, landfills and others to limit how much arsenic they allow in the water supply to 5 parts per billion – half the federal default.

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New Hampshire's congressional delegation is pushing back after the Trump administration signaled it would reject some new PFAS chemical regulations in a big defense spending bill.

Trump says he'll veto the bill if it reaches his desk with a host of provisions still inside, including two, championed by New Hampshire lawmakers, that pertain to harmful PFAS chemicals.

Those provisions include more treatment requirements for PFAS water contamination from military sources, and a ban on military use of PFAS-based firefighting foam.

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A cold storage company in Londonderry has settled with the Environmental Protection Agency for past Clean Air Act violations.

Londonderry Freezer Warehouse refrigerates some of its facilities with ammonia. Handled incorrectly, the chemical can be toxic, corrosive and flammable.

The EPA says the company's cold storage facility had rusty valves, shoddy ventilation and inadequate emergency controls.

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The airports in Manchester and Portsmouth will receive a combined $18 million in federal funding for infrastructure improvements.

Most of that money will go to Pease International Tradeport for reconstruction of the airport’s two-mile-long main runway. That project has been in the works for years.

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Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand made her pitch to people attending New Hampshire's Politics and Eggs breakfast Tuesday.

The New York senator is the latest 2020 hopeful to participate in the traditional campaign stop at Saint Anselm College, where she shook hands with business and policy advocates and signed the event’s signature wooden eggs.

“I don’t pander, and I am not competitive, but I will sign every egg in this room before I leave,” Gillibrand said, to laughs.

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Granite Staters say a famous speech by abolitionist Frederick Douglass about the 4th of July holiday still resonates today.

The 1852 address was read out simultaneously by hundreds of people in 10 New Hampshire communities and across the country Wednesday.

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A new state commission will study whether New Hampshire should have a Department of Energy.

Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill setting up the panel this week.

Right now, several agencies carry out state energy policy – including the Department of Environmental Services, the Public Utilities Commission and the governor's Office of Strategic Initiatives, formerly known as the Office of Energy and Planning.

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The town of Bow has reached a settlement with Eversource to repay millions in excess taxes on a local power plant.

Merrimack Station in Bow is the largest coal-burning power plant left in New England. Until recently, it was owned by Eversource and made up the bulk of Bow's tax base.

The utility says Bow charged them too much in property tax for the plant in 2012 and 2013. Earlier this year, the New Hampshire Supreme Court agreed.

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A new state law took effect Monday that aims to protect more New Hampshire children from lead poisoning.

Part of the legislation that passed last year has already begun. It sets up universal lead testing for young children – requiring doctors to test all 1- and 2-year-olds for lead poisoning, unless parents opt out.

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New Hampshire is at the forefront of a growing debate over PFAS chemical contamination in drinking water. And many of the Democrats campaigning to win the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary are taking notice.

They’re using the issue to connect with a highly engaged block of potential Granite State voters – and local PFAS activists are welcoming the attention.


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A solid waste company hoping to build a new landfill in the North Country will meet with residents Tuesday to talk about their plan.

Vermont-based Casella is in the early stages of considering a new landfill in the town of Dalton, near Forest Lake State Park. Details on the plan are still scarce, and it still faces a lengthy state permitting process.

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State environmental officials on Friday proposed what would be some of the lowest limits in the country for four types of PFAS chemicals in public water supplies and groundwater.

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Regulators say there aren't unsafe or increasing levels of PFAS chemical contamination in drinking water wells around the Seacoast's Coakley Landfill.

But many residents and state legislators disagree with that analysis – and they’re unhappy that contamination hasn’t been addressed more quickly at the Superfund site.

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Governor Chris Sununu has vetoed a plan to replace all state cars and trucks with zero-emissions vehicles within about a decade.

The bill would have required the state to stop buying new conventional vehicles by 2026.

State agencies would have had to replace their existing fleets with carbon-free technologies by the year 2041.

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The state will soon present its final redevelopment options for the former Laconia State School property. Officials agreed Thursday to hold a public hearing in July on the future of the site.

The land covers 200 acres with scenic views in the Lakes Region. It formally housed a state prison, and a home for people with development disabilities.

George Bald is commissioner of the state panel that's overseeing the project. He says the upcoming hearing will cover infrastructure needs, and building options.

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