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The New Hampshire state Senate is now busy with next capital budget, and the overtaxed septic system atop the state's most iconic mountain appears to be a pressing issue.

Capital budget writers say the toilets and waste disposal system atop Mount Washington are falling short.

Wolfeboro Republican Jeb Bradley sits on the senate's capital budget committee. He's also hiked Mt. Washington many times.

Bradley says the current septic system is no longer sufficient to meet the needs of the many people who summit Mount Washington, on foot, by car or via the Cog Railway.

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New Hampshire has put the brakes on the Northern Pass energy project for now, but some towns are still prepared to block it with local laws asserting their view on big utility development.

Plymouth is the latest municipality to approve an ordinance saying certain energy projects, while allowed under state law, are harmful to local health and environment.

When such laws are enforced, developers either have to go elsewhere, or sue to build in town.