Natural Resources, Clean Energy & Climate Change
From the White Mountains to the Seacoast, to our pristine lakes and forests – New Hampshire’s natural resources are critical to our economy, our environment, and our way of life. Throughout her time in public service, Senator Hassan has always fought to protect our environment and has been a strong supporter of curbing the devastating impacts of climate change.
As a State Senator and then as Governor, she worked to create and strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and New Hampshire’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to maintain and grow the state’s clean, renewable energy sector. She also worked across party lines as Governor to raise the net metering cap in order to boost New Hampshire’s solar industry and ensure that it can continue to grow and thrive.
Senator Hassan is fighting to ensure that the federal government follows New Hampshire’s lead, working to bring people together to combat climate change, protect our beautiful natural resources, and build a more innovative and affordable clean energy future. The Senator strongly supports measures, such as the Clean Power Plan, to cut carbon emissions and is working to prevent oil and gas drilling off the East Coast. She also believes it is essential to appropriately fund programs that conserve and protect our nation’s natural resources.
Senator Hassan will stand firm against any effort to roll back critical environmental protections, including those that protect the water we drink and the air we breathe for future generations.
February 14, 2019
Senator Hassan Criticizes EPA’s PFAS Action Plan For Failing to Set an Enforceable Drinking Water Standard
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan today criticized the EPA for releasing a PFAS Action Plan that fails to set an enforceable drinking water standard, also known as a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL), for PFOA and PFOS contaminants. At the EPA’s summit on PFAS in May 2018, then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the EPA would initiate steps to evaluate the need for an MCL. In this Action Plan released almost a year later, the EPA still won’t commit to setting a maximum contaminant level and says that it will be nearly another year before it determines whether an MCL necessary.Read More
February 08, 2019
At Newfields Solar Array Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Renewable Energy to New Hampshire’s Environment and Economy
NEWFIELDS - Senator Maggie Hassan today joined in cutting the ribbon for a 216-panel solar array for the Town of Newfields, where she emphasized the importance of investing in innovative, renewable energy in order to build a more affordable and reliable clean energy future for New Hampshire and the country. The Senator also highlighted the importance of renewable energy to creating jobs and supporting the economy.Read More
February 06, 2019
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan today reintroduced the National Evaluation of Techniques for Making Energy Technologies More Effective and Resilient (NET METER) Act to create a national study on net metering to guide states interested in developing effective net metering programs.Read More
February 05, 2019
Senators Markey, Warren, Shaheen and Hassan, and Reps. Kuster and Trahan Introduce Legislation to Protect Nashua River and its Tributaries
Washington (February 5, 2019) - Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Representatives Ann Kuster (NH-02) and Lori Trahan (MA-03) today introduced legislation to designate portions of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as scenic rivers under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The legislation would create a locally appointed advisory committee that works with state and federal agencies to protect values intrinsic to the river and directs the rivers to be managed in accordance with the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers Stewardship Plan, while preserving existing uses.Read More
February 01, 2019
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to reintroduce legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Shaheen, Hassan and Burr, along with a bipartisan group of Senators, are calling for the program’s renewal with increased urgency since its lapse in September 2018.Read More
January 29, 2019
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today following reports that President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not set drinking water limits for the toxic chemicals perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), which have been found in drinking water and are linked to negative health impacts:Read More
January 29, 2019
On Senate Floor, Senator Hassan Highlights Harmful Impacts of Climate Change on New Hampshire’s Seacoast
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan took to the Senate floor today to highlight the very real and harmful impacts of climate change on New Hampshire’s economy and Seacoast, reiterating the importance of strengthening coastal resiliency in order to support vulnerable communities.Read More