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 essential to our economy, our environment, and our way of life. I will continue to do everything in my power to take real action to combat the harmful impacts of climate change and to fight back against efforts to undermine critical environmental health and safety protections.” – Senator Hassan
Throughout her time in public service, Senator Hassan has worked to conserve our environment, combat the very real impacts of climate change, promote an innovative and affordable clean energy future, and protect our air and water.
Senator Hassan believes that it is long past time to address the existential threat posed by climate change, and she will keep pushing Congress to take real action. The Senator supports bold initiatives, such as creating a national target of 50 percent clean and carbon-free electricity by 2030, as well as strengthening the clean energy sector and making buildings more energy efficient.
In an effort to promote a cleaner energy future and boost the state’s economy, Senator Hassan is working to expand renewable energy jobs in New Hampshire. The Senator introduced legislation to support the solar energy industry – the NET METER Act – to help states expand their net metering programs and lower costs for consumers.
Senator Hassan recognizes the vital importance of conservation, from protecting the White Mountains to cleaning up our lakes and rivers. As part of those efforts, the Senator joined in introducing bipartisan legislation – which is now law – permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve and maintain lands for national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and recreational areas across the country at no cost to the American taxpayer.
Communities throughout New Hampshire, as well as across the country, are grappling with per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contaminants in their water, and Senator Hassan is leading the charge to ensure that all Granite Staters and Americans have access to clean drinking water. The Senator is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address PFAS contamination and has cosponsored legislation that would require the EPA to set an enforceable drinking water standard for PFAS chemicals. She also participated in the U.S. Senate’s first-ever hearing on PFAS contamination in drinking water.
Senator Hassan is also a vocal opponent of offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The Senator joined a bipartisan group of her colleagues in introducing legislation to ban offshore drilling along the New England coast, as well as legislation to ban seismic testing — a harmful method of searching for oil and gas – in the Atlantic Ocean.
Senator Hassan will keep doing everything she can to protect our natural resources, combat climate change, and incentivize the use of cleaner, renewable energy to ensure that future generations can thrive.
January 15, 2021
Public Lands in NH Benefit from Shaheen-Hassan Co-Sponsored Legislation that Fully Funds LWCF & Addresses Maintenance Backlog on U.S. Public Lands
( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced that five New Hampshire projects will benefit from funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund established by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) to support outdoor recreation, conservation efforts and address maintenance needs. As a result of the bipartisan GAOA cosponsored by Shaheen and Hassan that was signed into law last year, the LWCF’s now-mandatory, full authorized funding level of $900 million was allocated to projects and programs in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 government funding legislation that became law in December. In addition, Congress listed specific projects to receive deferred maintenance funding for FY 2021 from the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, which will provide up to $9.5 billion over the next five years to tackle deferred maintenance needs on public lands throughout the country. In New Hampshire, this backlog amounts to more than $43 million.Read More
January 14, 2021
Senator Hassan Statement on Reports that Trump Administration Has Weakened Safety Standards for PFAS Over Objection of Scientists
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released a statement following reports that the Trump administration overruled scientists and weakened safety standards for a certain class of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Specifically, Trump appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changed a safety assessment for PFBS, a chemical that has been linked to thyroid, kidney and reproductive problems at very low levels of exposure, that will make it easier for state and federal regulators to set lower clean up and drinking water standards for this dangerous chemical.Read More
December 27, 2020
WASHINGTON - President Trump today signed into law a year-end government funding package with substantial COVID-19 relief for Granite Staters based on a bipartisan compromise that Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped negotiate. The package also includes a number of other priorities that Senator Hassan fought for, including provisions to help end surprise medical billing, which Senator Hassan has led bipartisan efforts on for the past two years.Read More
December 22, 2020
WASHINGTON - Last night, the Senate passed a year-end government funding package with substantial COVID-19 relief for Granite Staters based on a bipartisan compromise that Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped negotiate. The package also includes a number of other priorities that Senator Hassan fought for, including provisions to help end surprise medical billing, which Senator Hassan has led bipartisan efforts on for the past two years.Read More
November 18, 2020
Shaheen, Hassan & Pappas Announce $257K to Safeguard NH Coastal Communities & Ecosystems Impacted by the Effects of Climate Change
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Vice Chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations subcommittee which funds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced today with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) that NOAA will award $257,000 to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) for the Department’s Living Shoreline Stabilization for Communities and Tidal Wetlands in the Great Bay Estuary project. The effort will support living shoreline projects that protect salt marsh habitat and coastal communities from erosion, sealevel rise and flooding, such as plants, sand or rock, in the Great Bay Estuary municipalities of Dover, Durham and Newmarket. The funding was awarded through NOAA’s 2020 National Coastal Resilience Fund and will be matched dollar for dollar.Read More
November 09, 2020
NH Delegation Announces More Than $467K through NBRC & USDA to Support Granite State Outdoor Recreation & Forest Economies
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that New Hampshire has been awarded $467,410 from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support the state’s outdoor recreation and forest economies. Specifically, $290,056 was awarded to the Appalachian Mountain Club to deliver trail building, stewardship and recreation management skills trainings annually to 200 Granite Staters, allowing them to meet the workforce needs of the New Hampshire’s outdoor recreation economy. $177,354 was awarded to the Northern Forest Center, allowing the organization to provide technical and market development assistance to wood products businesses in the NBRC region through the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants will be allocated through NBRC and USDA’s State Economic & Infrastructure Development program and help create and retain jobs and promote economic growth in rural Granite State communities.Read More
October 19, 2020
( With colder weather approaching and energy costs projected to increase this winter, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and a group of Senators urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as swiftly and at the highest level possible under the current continuing resolution. HHS typically releases 90 percent of the $3.7 billion full year appropriation under a continuing resolution. The letter was led by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME).Read More