CLF Announces Bradley Campbell as New President

May 21, 2015 at 11:06am by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

As a member of the CLF community, I want you to be among the first to know that Conservation Law Foundation has named a new president, Bradley M. Campbell. Brad is a nationally recognized environmental leader and energy entrepreneur who has held senior roles at the White House, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Most recently, he served as principal of the law firm he founded in 2006. We are truly honored and thrilled to have Brad leading the CLF team. His depth of experience, national reputation, and expansive network will take our work to unparalleled heights during a critical time as we work to build our clean energy future, counter climate change, and safeguard the health and prosperity of New England communities. read more…

Lead Law Moving Forward in New Hampshire Legislature

May 21, 2015 at 10:39am by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

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 a loss of IQ, behavioral difficulties, and organ and nerve damage. While the problem is statewide and affects all communities and people of all walks of life, many of the children impacted come from families that are already struggling, including low-income families living in substandard housing. It doesn’t have to be this way. A bipartisan bill, SB 135, is making its way through the New Hampshire legislature that would protect children in our state. The read more…

EPA Video Highlights Long Creek Restoration Project in Maine

May 21, 2015 at 10:39am by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new video telling the story of the restoration of Maine’s Long Creek, which winds through South Portland’s busy Maine Mall area and empties into Casco Bay. Before CLF took action seven years ago, polluted stormwater would drain off of the Maine Mall area’s many paved surfaces – like parking lots and flat roofs – and flow Long Creek, killing aquatic life. In 2008, CLF petitioned EPA and asked it to issue a permit requiring area businesses to clean up the pollution. EPA issued the permit, and since then landowners, municipalities, and other stakeholders have worked together to form the Long Creek Restoration Partnership. Under the permit, property owners have completed a number of restoration projects, including repaving an area of roadway with read more…

New England Canyons and Seamounts are the Atlantic’s Deep Sea Treasures

May 20, 2015 at 2:11pm by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

New England is a region full of remarkable marine landscapes. An area like Cashes Ledge speaks to the immense beauty and diversity found in our local ocean, but it is not the only one. Approximately 150 miles off the coast of southern New England, where the continental shelf drops off into the ocean abyss, lays a chain of undersea canyons and nearby seamounts that are home to an incredible richness of marine life. The canyons plunge thousands of feet deep, some deeper than the Grand Canyon, and the seamounts rise as high as 7,000 feet above the seafloor, higher than any mountain east of the Rockies. Much like Cashes Ledge, these habitats give rise to an elaborate underwater world of marine species. Communities of brilliant cold-water corals line the walls read more…

New Legislation in Vermont

May 18, 2015 at 3:29pm by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

It was a long and tiring Legislative session this year in Vermont. On a very warm Saturday in May, Vermont’s legislators headed home. But not before making some good progress on key CLF priorities. Clean Water The key water quality bill, H.35,  focused on Lake Champlain. It sets a roadmap for further work. It provides funding for some additional staff for education and outreach as well as enforcement. It also creates a Clean Water Fund to keep track of funds spent on water quality. Renewable Energy The RESET law, H.40, finally eliminates the odd practice in Vermont that allowed the sale of Vermont created renewable energy credits to customers in other states while still claiming the power is renewable for meeting Vermont’s renewable energy goals. The bill would set the read more…

How NOT to Fix the MBTA: Governor Baker’s Reform Bill

May 18, 2015 at 2:38pm by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

Last week, I testified before the Massachusetts State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation. I was there, along with hundreds of other people, including Governor Baker himself, to comment on the Governor’s proposed MBTA reform bill, which would put the beleaguered transit system under the authority of a fiscal control board, among other reforms. Governor Baker has challenged the state legislature to pass this bill by June 30. But the Governor’s bill is a bad deal for the MBTA and the people of Massachusetts who deserve (and need) an equitable, reliable, and safe transportation system. CLF is urging the legislature to reject this bill as written, as it fails to address key reform issues with the MBTA, while also cutting much-needed funding not only for public transit but for other parts read more…

This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 11-15

May 15, 2015 at 4:54pm by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

May 15 – On National Endangered Species Day, Lingering Right Whales Are At Increased Risk – Today is National Endangered Species Day. Each year on the third Friday in May, National Endangered Species Day celebrates learning about our endangered and threatened species and how we can help protect them. New England is home to a number of endangered species such as the North Atlantic Right Whale, who’s estimated global population is only about 522 individuals. May 15 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, May 15 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, a committee will study the possibility of a New England buyback program; NEFMC released its latest Council report; managers and tribes discuss elver fishery management; the Puffin Project is on the radio; NOAA releases red tide predictions; read more…

The Alternatives to New Natural Gas Pipelines

May 15, 2015 at 11:09am by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

Now that we’ve made it through the winter, policymakers in Massachusetts are taking a look at the state of energy in the Commonwealth and trying to sort out what to do about the big energy policy questions currently on the table. First among these questions is what, if any, public policy support and funding should be invested in natural gas pipeline infrastructure. How policymakers answer this question is important because now, more than ever, we must look beyond fossil fuels and ensure that our energy system is one built on the cleanest energy sources. Overinvestment in natural gas is simply a bad bargain for our climate, for consumers, and for our economy. For several years now CLF has been calling for caution in the pipeline debate by debunking myths presented read more…

This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 4-8

May 9, 2015 at 9:44am by  | Bio |  Leave a Comment

May 6 – Seafood News Editor: House Magnuson Bill is “the Destabilization of Our Nation’s Fisheries Act” – Seafoodnews.com: The Magnuson-Stevens Act revisions that were passed out of the House Committee on Natural Resources last week appear to create conditions for massive destabilization of US fisheries. May 6 – ASMFC votes on “the most important fish in the sea” – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted Tuesday, May 5 to develop a system that fully protects the vital role Atlantic menhaden play as a food source for ocean animals. The Commission also approved a modest increase (10%) to the coast wide catch limits on Atlantic menhaden in the two coming fishing years. May 8 – A Good Move for Menhaden – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided to take a big read more…

U. S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear EPSA Case

May 7, 2015 at 5:17pm by  | Bio |  1 Comment »

On May 5, 2015, the U. S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a pair of related cases addressing so-called “Demand Response” in the electricity system. The pair of cases was referred to in the lower court as Electric Power Supply Association vs. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (or EPSA v. FERC). Because of a peculiarity in how the U.S. Supreme Court names cases, the case will now be called FERC v. EPSA (that is, the names of the parties have switched places, but it remains the same lawsuit between the same parties). On February 19, I posted a blog about the case that provided a lot of background:  what Demand Response (DR) is, how FERC regulates it, what the lower court ruled, and why all this matters. I also explained that CLF had filed read more…

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