Tom Irwin

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Painting or Renovating? Keep Your Family Safe from the Hazards of Lead
by Tom Irwin

It’s that time of year when many of us get moving on projects in and around our homes – either on our own, or with the help of contractors. If your home was built before 1978, though, it’s essential to the health of your family that you ask an important question: Will my home improvement…

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Northern Pass Enters a New Phase
by Tom Irwin

The Northern Pass transmission project has entered a new phase, as the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee begins an extensive state permitting process for the controversial project. Northern Pass as proposed will span 192 miles, traveling from the Canada/U.S. border in Pittsburg, through New Hampshire’s north country, down the spine of the state to Concord, and,…

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Childhood Lead Poisoning Bill Signed into Law
by Tom Irwin

On July 13, Governor Maggie Hassan signed a new law to better protect New Hampshire kids from the tragic and avoidable problem of lead poisoning. Passage of this important legislation is the culmination of a strong bipartisan effort, as well as the hard work of a broad group of stakeholders, including CLF. In New Hampshire…

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Lead Law Moving Forward in New Hampshire Legislature
by Tom Irwin

While many of us believe childhood lead poisoning is a thing of the past, the sad truth is that it’s not. In fact, every year, more than 1,000 New Hampshire children are poisoned by lead, with deteriorating lead-based paints the primary cause. The impacts of lead poisoning can be devastating and lifelong. Children can suffer…

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A Firsthand Account of the Ravages of Lead Poisoning
by Tom Irwin

On February 17, New Hampshire’s Senate Health & Human Services Committee held a public hearing on SB 135, a bill designed to better protect New Hampshire kids from the continuing threat of lead poisoning. The Committee heard strong support for SB 135 from a broad range of interests. Joan Valk, a Family Support Specialist at…

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Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Preventable Disease
by Tom Irwin

In my last blog – the second in a series about childhood lead poisoning – I discussed the fact that not nearly enough kids in New Hampshire are being tested for lead in their blood. As discussed, screening is essential for determining if a child has been poisoned and, if he or she has been, for…

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Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Persistent Problem, Solutions Needed
by Tom Irwin

For years, we’ve all known that lead is a dangerous toxin that can result in serious health problems. As a result, we’ve seen lead removed from our gasoline, and we’ve seen it removed from our paint. But unfortunately, the problem of lead poisoning – particularly in children – has not gone away. While lead-based paints…

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The Missing Fine Print in Northern Pass Clean Air Propaganda
by Tom Irwin

In a full-page advertisement in yesterday’s Concord Monitor, PSNH takes its greenwashing of the Northern Pass project to new heights of hypocrisy, this time not only continuing to tout the project’s unsubstantiated climate benefits, but splashing across the page, in large letters: “BREATHE DEEPLY, GRANDKIDS.” In some respects, today’s advertisement is just the latest in…