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January 10, 2014

N.H. NEWS IN BRIEF

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.

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