Environment

Representative Campbell has been actively involved in numerous issues pertaining to the environment in Massachusetts. Linda first became involved with politics as an environmental activist who represented the City of Methuen in a two-year successful fight to prevent the construction of a massive gas/coal fired electrical generation plant along the Merrimack River.

See below for environmental legislation Representative Campbell has supported in previous Legislative Sessions:

H252 - An Act to require producer responsibility for collection, reuse and recycling of discarded electronic products
This bill requires producers of electronic waste (e-waste), -- i.e. computers, televisions and printers, -- to be financially responsible for the proper disposal of their end-of-life products. The bill offers a flexible system in which manufacturers would have the option to set up their own collection and recycling programs or pay other entities to collect the e-waste at a rate set by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The bill aims to vastly reduce the amount of hazardous chemicals leaching into landfills from e-waste disposal, by increasing public accessibility of e-waste recycling, while also taking the financial burden of collecting and recycling e-waste products off of municipalities and placing it instead on the manufacturers

H255 - An Act relative to sustainable water resources
This bill ensures adequate water in our rivers and streams for people and wildlife by:

  • Amending the Water Management Act to develop science-based stream-flow standards that will ensure adequate water flow and water levels vital for the protection and propagation of fish, other species and aquatic habitat while meeting water needs for public health and safety.
  • Authorizing water suppliers to charge a small fee to residents and businesses for any new water withdrawals or increased sewer use. The fee is to be used to fund land acquisition for wellhead and water supply protection, construction of facilities for local recharge of storm water and waste water treatment, reuse of water and retrofitting via low impact development methods and water saving devices.
  • Augmenting the options offered to dam owners by the Office of Dam Safety to promote removal in environmentally sensitive areas as an alternative to the repair of failing dams.

H765 & S1841- An Act to sustain community preservation
This bill would improve upon the Community Preservation Act's (CPA) 10-year success story of enabling nearly half of the Commonwealth's communities to create affordable housing, rehabilitate significant historic resources, develop parks and recreational facilities and preserve open space.

An Act to Sustain Community Preservation would:

  • Restore the annual statewide Community Preservation Trust Fund distribution to historic levels
  • Broaden the options and incentives for cities and less affluent communities to adopt CPA
  • Clarify the allowable uses for CPA funds so that communities can rehabilitate existing outdoor parks and other recreational resources
  • Help small businesses by adding a new, optional exemption for the first $100,000 of commercial and industrial property value

H1124 - An Act to protect the natural resources of the Commonwealth
In 1972, the Massachusetts voters approved an amendment to the state Constitution, Article 97, granting the people of the state the right to clean air and water, and other environmental benefits. However, the pressure to convert public land protected by Article 97 is growing. This bill provides protection for our public lands by requiring other sites be evaluated before Article 97 land is developed and requiring that, if Article 97 land is taken or changed in use, open land is acquired to replace it. The bill codifies the existing ad hoc system legislators and the Administration have used to protect public lands.

H1762 - An Act Improving Outdoor Lighting and Increasing Dark-Sky Visibility
This bill would promote energy-efficient lighting practices throughout the Commonwealth by requiring state and municipally-funded projects to use fully-shielded exterior lighting in new or replacement installations, and to install that lighting only where it is needed. It also requires Mass Highway to review and update its criteria for roadway lighting to conform to commonly accepted best practices. These steps will result in lowered energy consumption and thus reduced emissions of greenhouse gases.

H1990 - An Act relative to plastic bag reduction
This legislation aims to cut down on plastic bag pollution through reducing usage of non-recyclable plastic bags. If passed, this bill would direct certain retailers to cease providing non-compostable plastic checkout bags to their customers. If a retailer still chooses to provide plastic check out bags to their customers, they must conform to the ASTM standard for compostable plastic

 

 

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