Tom Irwin

Vice President and Director, CLF New Hampshire CLF New Hampshire @TomIrwinNH

Tom Irwin is Vice President and Director of CLF New Hampshire. Having joined CLF in 1998, Tom has led a number of advocacy initiatives in New Hampshire over the years, including CLF’s initiative to tackle the problem of childhood lead poisoning, as well as a number of water quality, smart growth and transportation initiatives. In addition to practicing in these areas, he also has engaged in advocacy addressing projects of major concern to the state, such as the proposed Northern Pass electric transmission project. Before joining CLF, Tom practiced at the Manchester, New Hampshire law firm of Devine, Millimet & Branch, with a focus on civil litigation. Prior to his work in the private sector, Tom worked as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Justice Caroline D. Glassman of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in Portland. He earned his J.D. and an M.S. in Environmental Law and Policy, both magnum cum laude, from Vermont Law School, and his B.A. from Wesleyan University. Tom has served on the City of Concord’s Transportation Policy Advisory Committee, the N.H. Bar Association’s Public Protection Committee, and the boards of the New Hampshire Public Health Association and the Five Rivers Conservation Trust.  He serves on the legislatively established Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Screening Commission and in 2017 participated in the Endowment for Health’s Leadership Learning Exchange on Race and Equity.


Recent Posts

Bethlehem Landfill’s Pollution of Ammonoosuc River Must Stop
Last month, on a covered bridge spanning New Hampshire’s Ammonoosuc River, I stood beside our partners from Toxics Action Center as we announced the filing of a federal lawsuit against Casella Waste Systems for ongoing water pollution from its massive landfill in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Our suit tackles Casella’s longstanding, and continuing, violations of the…
Residents Reject Expansion of Bethlehem Landfill
New Hampshire has a waste problem. About two million tons of waste are burned or buried in New Hampshire each year. Unfortunately, around half of that waste is imported from outside of the Granite State, because the large landfills located in Rochester and Bethlehem accept waste from across New England. But volume is only part…
New Hampshire Kids Now Better Protected from Lead Poisoning
As I’ve written in the past, New Hampshire has a lead problem. With the oldest housing stock in the country, and with laws that are simply too weak to protect our kids, every year several hundred more children are diagnosed with lead poisoning. According to the state’s most recent data, 741 New Hampshire kids tested…
Progress on Lead Poisoning Bill, But Last Push Needed
We’re in the home stretch of our work to strengthen New Hampshire’s lead laws to better protect kids from the preventable tragedy of childhood lead poisoning. With two major developments on SB 247 last week – Governor Sununu’s strong endorsement of the bill, followed by an overwhelmingly supportive vote by the state House of Representatives…
Northern Pass Tries (and Fails) to Remain Relevant in Changing Energy Landscape
The Northern Pass transmission project proposes to bring electricity generated from Canadian dams to southern New England. But it will come at a tremendous cost to New Hampshire through the damage it would do to the environment and communities along its 192-mile path. Granite Staters have opposed the project since it was first rolled out…

 

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