Posts Tagged ‘ Massachusetts ’

‘The pipelines, the powerlines, the meters, Oh My!’ Some resources on the gas pipeline expansion issue

Jul 13th, 2014 | By

“…to minimize ratepayer exposure to expensive infrastructure bets that risk becoming uneconomic, and to fulfill environmental and climate change targets,1 we urge you to ensure that all tools in the region’s energy toolbox – on both the demand and supply sides – be fully, fairly, and publicly evaluated before proceeding with efforts to advance new large-scale publicly-financed natural

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EPA bans sewage discharge from vessels all along Mass. coast

Jun 28th, 2014 | By

On Friday, Massachusetts officials announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency had approved extending the no-discharge zone to areas off all the state’s coast — the last of New England’s waters to come under the ban.

Environmental groups say EPA’s Housatonic River cleanup plan falls short

Jun 5th, 2014 | By

Three leading environmental groups are throwing cold water on the recently released proposal by the federal government to reduce toxic PCB contamination of the Housatonic River from southern Pittsfield into Connecticut. “It’s a fairly weak plan,” said Tim Gray, the Housatonic riverkeeper and executive director of the Lee-based Housatonic River Initiative. “They’re proposing some things

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Big, bad things that never came to pass: A short history of environmental activism in the Berkshires

Jun 4th, 2014 | By

Berkshire County, at the far western end of Massachusetts, accounts for nearly 12 percent of the land in the Commonwealth, but only 2 percent of its population. It has always been something of an economic backwater, especially in the latter part of the 20th century as its industries, paper, textiles and electrical products, have all declined.

Mount Tom Power Plant closure in Holyoke delights environmental groups

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By

The announcement that the coal-fired Mount Tom Power Station will close permanently thrilled an alliance of community and environmental organizations which have been trying to reduce pollution in the city. Action for a Healthy Holyoke, a coalition of more than a dozen different local and statewide organizations including Neighbor to Neighbor, Holyoke Food and Fitness

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Protesters voice concerns about Pilgrim Nuclear Plant

May 27th, 2014 | By

Protesters voice concerns Monday about the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Bourne, Massachusetts. They say if there is a nuclear emergency, everyone on the Cape would be trapped. “If there was a meltdown you would have chaos.” At the Sagamore Bridge people from across the Cape and Islands are once again raising safety concerns about

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Cape Cod Residents Want Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Closed

Mar 14th, 2014 | By

Residents from across Cape Cod are planning to converge on the State House to call on Gov. Deval Patrick to help shut down the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth. For more on this story, visit: Cape Cod Residents Want Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Closed | WBUR.

Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway subject of 2015 deadline for Springfield to improve access

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

A state board has granted the city until Dec. 1, 2015, to provide a new ramp system to allow unhampered handicapped accessibility to the 3.7 mile Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway in Springfield. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway subject of 2015 deadline for Springfield to improve access |

Heavy-Duty LNG Trucks Now Refueling Outside of Boston

May 31st, 2013 | By

Transgas is accessing LNG transportation fuel for its trucks at GSGNA’s Everett, Mass., LNG fueling station north of Boston. The company currently has 10 new LNG tractors. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

Massachusetts swimmers can now check quality of Connecticut River online

Aug 1st, 2012 | By

NORTHAMPTON – A new website run by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the Connecticut River Watershed Council offers insight into where it is OK to swim – and where people may want to stay out of the water to avoid getting sick. The website aggregates weekly data on the amount of bacteria in the

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Walmart to install solar panels on 27 stores in Mass.

May 16th, 2012 | By

Walmart’s plans were spurred, in part, by a 2008 initiative of Governor Deval Patrick to encourage the use of alternative energy at large retail buildings where flat roofs would be ideal for solar projects.

Holyoke solar power project, among largest in New England, starts up

Dec 29th, 2011 | By

The second and final piece of an $18 million to $20 million project that includes nearly 18,400 ground-mounted solar panels in two locations in the city was ready to generate.

Mass. completes $8.8M conservation restriction

Dec 28th, 2011 | By

Massachusetts has acquired for conservation nearly 3,500 acres of privately-owned forest in an $8.8 million deal described as the largest of its kind. The land in the Connecticut River Valley is home to many wildlife species, including black bears, moose, bobcats and a variety of forest birds. The state’s tourism office recently listed Brushy Mountain

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Federal pollution regs threaten Salem power plant

Dec 20th, 2011 | By

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Salem officials are scrambling to find alternative sources of revenue as the city’s coal- and oil-fired power station gradually shuts down because of new federal air pollution regulations, a move that will eliminate the historic town’s largest single taxpayer. For more on this story, visit: Federal pollution regs threaten Salem power

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Eva Schiffer leaves $65,000 bequest to Kestrel Land Trust | GazetteNET

Nov 28th, 2011 | By

A year after her death, former Amherst Select Board member Eva Schiffer is continuing to give back to the region in support of environmental causes. The Kestrel Trust and the Valley Land Fund were recently notified that they will be getting a combined $65,000 from two bequests left by Schiffer. The Valley Land Fund and

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New Model for Aquaculture Takes Hold Far from the Sea

Jun 21st, 2011 | By

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Josh Goldman of Australis Aquaculture talks about his highly praised closed-containment fish farm in Massachusetts.

Route 112 Scenic Byway to be protected

May 17th, 2011 | By

Federal funds will help protect land along the Route 112 Scenic Byway, which runs from the Vermont border south through several towns in Franklin and Hampshire counties. The Federal Highway Administration announced an award of $228,000 to the Franklin Regional Council of Governments to go toward natural and scenic land preservation measures along the byway.

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EPA weighs no-discharge zone in Massachusetts

May 3rd, 2011 | By

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering a proposal to designate the coastal waters of six Massachusetts towns and the Cape Cod National Seashore as a “no-discharge area,” the agency announced. Read more here: EPA weighs no-discharge zone in Massachusetts | Soundings.

Mt. Tom coal-burning plant of Holyoke agrees to pay EPA fine

Feb 4th, 2011 | By

The owner of the Mt. Tom coal plant in Holyoke has agreed to pay $40,814 as a settlement for violating federal clean water laws during discharges of dirty water into the Connecticut River.

Wanted: Buyer for controversial Cape Wind energy

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

BOSTON — Cape Wind has outlasted a decade of government review, a slew of court brawls and fierce opposition from mariners, fishermen, Indian tribes and Kennedys just to win the right to sell its wind-fueled electricity. Now, all it needs are customers. Last month, the nation’s first offshore wind farm nailed down its first buyer

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