WEST LEBANON, N.H. (WCAX) Democrats in New Hampshire are criticizing fallout from vetoed biomass legislation by Governor Chris Sununu, and he's pushing back.
Two biomass plants in Springfield and Whitefield recently announced they were closing and laying off workers. It's the result of a veto by Sununu which subsidized the state's biomass industry. A similar bipartisan bill was also vetoed last year. Lawmakers overrode that but the bill got tied up in the courts.
Democrats say Sununu's decision to veto the legislation benefits special interests and hurts jobs, the economy, and the environment.
"It's the market that provides the income, that allows people to sustain their forestry practices. Lots of people will lose the ability to continue if they don't have this low-grade wood market," said Rep. Lee Oxenham, D-Plainfield.