John Kassel

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The Long Tail: Doing the Right Thing Now Brings Remarkable Returns Later
by John Kassel

This past year CLF and our partners declared victory in two of our most long-fought, complex cases: Vermont Yankee, one of the nation’s oldest nuclear power plants, and Brayton Point, New England’s largest coal-fired power plant, both announced their retirement. These victories took time to achieve – and it could be years before we fully…

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A Quest for Clean Air
by John Kassel

I’d like to introduce you to two CLF members who are making a difference for people and communities in New England. Tiffany Mellers is a working mom and Army reservist who lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the shadow of Bridgeport Harbor Station, a coal- and oil-burning power plant that has been polluting that city for…

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Earth Day: An Opportunity to Pause and Heal
by John Kassel

In the Boston area we are grieving, and we are rattled. The shocking events of last week have taken their toll on all of us. They have been devastating for the families and friends of those killed and injured.  We are relieved and grateful, but underneath we are in some pain. We all need to…

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CLF and Anthony Iarrapino awarded premier honor by the Charles River Watershed Association
by John Kassel

It’s a pleasure to report that on Wednesday, at the Charles River Watershed Association’s annual meeting, CLF was awarded The Anne M. Blackburn Award – CRWA’s premier honor.  As Executive Director Bob Zimmerman put it, they were intending to recognize a person and an organization. That deserving person is CLF Senior Attorney Anthony Iarrapino. Anthony was…

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Please Stand With Us, For the Sake of Cod
by John Kassel

A few weeks ago my colleague Peter Shelley stood in front of fishermen and policymakers and spoke about the startling decline of New England’s cod fishery. Did you know that, since 1982, it’s estimated we have lost more than 80% of the cod in New England’s ocean? That surely should be a wake up call…

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Healthy Cities are for Walkers; Walkers for Healthy Cities
by John Kassel

This is a scene in Cambridge, MA, last Friday morning during the nor’easter that passed through late last week. From this photo I ask you: Who ranks in Cambridge, drivers or pedestrians? In fairness to the hardworking snowplow drivers, municipal employees and property owners – this was in the middle of a storm, we’re all…

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“Forward on Climate” Movement, Fully Ready, Leaves Station
by John Kassel

“People get ready, there’s a train a-comin’.”  Curtis Mayfield. Before 50,000 committed supporters, from many states and nations and braving frigid wind-chill temps, Bill McKibben announced on Sunday that all of the work he has done for the last 25 years has been in hopeful anticipation of that moment. The moment when the Climate Movement…

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Natural Gas Leaks: A Risky Business In Need of a Fix
by John Kassel

A few weeks ago, Springfield, MA, was rocked by a natural gas explosion that destroyed a building, ruined a city block, and was hailed as a miracle because no lives were lost. The pipelines that lie below our communities, always out of sight, came suddenly came into focus. The explosion reminded us of the sobering…

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Environmentalists for Gun Control
by John Kassel

This is a family time of year, when many families come together and enjoy love, comfort and tradition. But we cannot embrace the joy of family this year without feeling a small portion of the immeasurable pain of the families in Newtown, CT – or the enormous agony that is felt on a regular, tragically recurring basis by many families in our own neighborhoods in Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Providence whose loved ones are killed in gun-related violence.