Presstek to pay $116K to EPA
HUDSON (AP) — A printing equipment company has agreed to pay $116,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution violations at its plant in Hudson.
Last September, the EPA filed a complaint against Presstek alleging violations of hazardous waste management laws, including failure to comply with air emission regulations.
The EPA said as part of its operations manufacturing printing equipment, Presstek generates hazardous wastes that include solvent-containing wastes, which are ignitable, and corrosive wastes.
EPA said Presstek has revised its hazardous waste contingency plan and personnel training program to comply with regulations, and developed and is implementing a program to monitor and control air emissions from hazardous waste operations at the facility.
Presstek was based in Hudson until 2007, when its corporate offices moved to Connecticut.
House tries to curb push polling
CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire’s House has passed a bill that attempts to curb political advertising masked as a poll.
The practice is known as push polling and involves asking voters questions intended to influence their decisions. The questions typically are negatively designed to persuade the voter to dislike the subject of the poll.
Push polling is legal in New Hampshire as long as the candidate behind the poll is identified.
Political parties and legitimate survey organizations complained the law outlawed legitimate polling.
Under the bill passed Wednesday, there would have to be 2,000 or more connected calls in major races that last less than two minutes for the poll to be considered a push poll. The number of calls is 500 for state Senate races and 200 calls for House races.
Trial postponed in teen pedestrian death
LACONIA (AP) — The trial of a woman accused of crashing into two teenage girls at a crosswalk in Laconia, killing one of them, has been postponed until May.
Amy Lafond is facing manslaughter and two alternate counts of negligent homicide in the crash last year. Prosecutors said the 52-year-old Lafond was speeding and under the influence of prescription drugs. Killed was 14-year-old Lilyanna Johnson. Her friend, 14-year-old Alyssa Miner, was seriously injured.
The Citizen reports jury selection was scheduled to start Feb. 3, but defense Attorney Mark Sisti asked for more time to review evidence and cited scheduling conflicts. A judge granted the request.
Police: Driver who hit moose was drunk
JEFFERSON (AP) — Authorities say a woman allegedly driving under the influence struck a moose in Jefferson and was taken to the hospital with injuries they described as significant.
State police say 48-year-old Maureen Couture was driving a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle and collided with the moose on Route 116 around 7 p.m. Wednesday.
She was transported to Weeks Memorial Hospital in Lancaster and then transferred by helicopter to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. She was listed in stable condition early yesterday morning.
Police say the Jefferson woman was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol. A court date has not yet been set and it wasn’t known if she had an attorney.
Her 49-year-old passenger was transported to Weeks Memorial Hospital, treated and released.
It’s official: PUC has new member
CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire’s newest member of the Public Utilities Commission has been sworn in.
Martin Honigberg was confirmed by the Executive Council last month to be one of three commissioners on the panel.
Honigberg has been leader of the Government Relations Practice Group at Sulloway & Hollis P.L.L.C and has served as special counsel to Gov. Jeanne Shaheen from 2001 to 2003.
He was scheduled to be sworn in by Gov. Maggie Hassan yesterday at the Statehouse.