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Josh Block, Press Secretary
Conservation Law Foundation
Office: 617.850.1709
jblock@clf.org
@joshmblock

CLF has experts available throughout New England on a variety of local, regional and national issues, including climate change, clean water, environmental justice, ocean conversation and renewable energy. For more information, see our list of experts and contact Josh Block.

CLF Press Releases and News Clips

Press Releases
New Hampshire’s Berry’s Brook Tests Positive for Toxic Chemicals

“When Coakley Landfill was shut down three decades ago, PFC contamination and the severe threat it posed to surrounding neighborhoods was left wholly unaddressed,” said Jeff Barnum. “And in the years since, the day-to-day operations of Pease Air Force Base and Pease Tradeport have only made matters worse. In communities built around the water where so many families rely on private wells, the significant presence of any carcinogens should raise alarm bells. We cannot afford to wait any longer to begin educating our neighbors about this serious health risk and taking action to make our water safe and clean.”

Press Releases
Historic Settlement Agreement Reached to Remove Saccarappa Dams

Sean Mahoney, Maine Director for Conservation Law Foundation, commented, “The Presumpscot River was once home to hundreds of thousands of migratory fish before it was dammed, stem to stern, and treated as though it were a public sewer. Restoring the productivity of the fish populations in the Presumpscot is vital, not just for those who fish along the river, but also for the health of our fishing industry in Casco Bay and the Gulf of Maine. Migratory fish like alewives and bluebacks are critical bait for the lobster fishery and key to the entire food system.”

Press Releases
Connecticut Deals Another Body Blow to Gas Pipeline Proposal

“With yet another state abandoning proposals for more natural gas pipeline capacity, these efforts to expand fossil fuel infrastructure in New England have hit a virtually unsurpassable roadblock,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell. “Without Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Connecticut in the mix, Spectra has lost a whopping 84 percent of the customer base needed to finance this ill-conceived proposal. It’s time to kill this project altogether and look forward to opportunities for the clean, renewable alternatives that our families demand, our markets expect and our laws require.”

Press Releases
CLF Suit to Protect Rhode Island Waters Gets its Day in Court

“One of the great sources of pride for Rhode Island – the Ocean State – ought to be our ponds, rivers and beautiful coastline, but decades of toxic runoff has imperiled our waters, closed our beaches and endangered important wildlife habitats,” said CLF attorney Max Greene. “There’s no question that nasty pollutants like nitrogen and phosphorus, the precursors to toxic algae blooms, are constantly flowing from industrial campuses and commercial shopping centers into nearby waterways, yet EPA has sat on its hands rather than take the legally-required steps to address this rampant contamination. Today, EPA was forced to answer for that neglect in federal court, and we’re optimistic that Rhode Island waters will soon be on the path to recovery.”

News Clips Liisa Rajala, New Hampshire Business Review
Northeast Ocean Plan emerges as development tool

“For any project that comes up now, the ocean plan will guide the consideration of that project and in very specific ways,” said Priscilla Brooks, vice president and director of ocean conservation at the Conservation Law Foundation, who participated in stakeholder meetings. “It will guide [the project] in terms of agencies using this new Northeast…

Press Releases
Federal Agency Weakens Protections for Vulnerable Fish Populations

“Before 2006, the New England Fishery Management Council took advantage of legal loopholes that produced disaster for our region’s fish and fishermen, decimating species like Atlantic cod and yellowtail flounder and creating long-term barriers to success for those who make a living in our waters,” said CLF senior counsel Peter Shelley. “It took a concerted effort from CLF and hundreds of community partners to right the ship and provide opportunities for important fish species to repopulate, but today’s decision unravels a decade of progress. By allowing room for more subjectivity and more flexibility within its regulations, NOAA Fisheries has weakened management tools that have been used successfully to restore over thirty fisheries once in severe decline.”

Press Releases
Burrillville Power Plant Application Suspended

“Invenergy’s proposal to build a costly plant that will burn dangerous fossil fuels continues to hit one road block after another, and for good reason: the facts are stacked against them,” said CLF senior attorney Jerry Elmer. “The legal deadline for Invenergy to submit a complete application has long passed, yet crucial elements concerning the plant’s ecological and environmental impacts remain missing. Merely suspending the docket at this point falls one step short – it’s time for the Board to close the docket once and for all.”

Press Releases
New Hampshire Pulls Plug on Risky Pipeline Scheme

“One report after another continues to conclude that building more natural gas infrastructure is a bad deal for our economy and our environment, and doing so on the backs of hardworking businesses and families just adds insult to injury,” said Tom Irwin, Director of CLF New Hampshire. “Today, the PUC recognized the irresponsibility and illegality of such a scheme by plainly rejecting this proposal. This important decision is another nail in the coffin for a risky pipeline that we don’t need, we don’t want, and we can’t afford.”

Press Releases
Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund Invests $5 Million in Transit Oriented Development

CLF president Bradley Campbell said, “Today, we saw the completion of a project three years in the making — a project that has transformed vacant property into a true center of housing and commerce. From good jobs, to new pedestrian walkways, to better access to public transit and more, this development will electrify the neighborhood and provide a perceptible spark to Braintree’s economy and community.”

News Clips Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal
R.I. regulators put pipeline expansion on hold

The Conservation Law Foundation and other objectors welcomed the Rhode Island decision. “The Commission’s decision to delay this proceeding is a step toward the inevitable death of the pipeline tax. Forcing Rhode Island electric customers to foot the bill for a gas pipeline we don’t need defies our best interest and our laws,” Megan Herzog,…

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