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Bill Banning Landfills Near N.H. State Parks Advances To Senate

N.H. State House
Dan Tuohy / NHPR
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The construction of new landfills near state parks would be prohibited under a bill passed by the New Hampshire House.

The bill approved Friday would create a two-mile buffer zone around parks in which landfills couldn't be located.

It was driven by opponents of a proposed landfill in Dalton near Forest Lake State Park. Supporters of the bill say state parks are a critical part of the state's tourism infrastructure and should be protected.

Related: Lawsuit Aims To Block New N.H. Landfill Permits Under Outdated Trash Plan

Opponents said the bill violates land owners' rights and that the Dalton issue is a matter for local zoning officials, not the Legislature.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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