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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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Coming Clean
by Laurie O'Reilly

The Mystic River Watershed is the most urbanized watershed in Massachusetts – and one of the most polluted. So when a neighborhood group approached CLF in 2010 with concerns about stormwater runoff from a large scrap metal facility, we agreed to take a closer look.

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FDA Grants New England Farmers’ Holiday Wish
by Ben Tettlebaum

You spoke; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration listened. The FDA announced today that it will redraft significant portions of its recently proposed Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls Rule. This is big news! As drafted, the rules could have forced thousands of small farms across New England out of business…

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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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Massachusetts Leading the Way on Electric Vehicle Transit
by Christine Chilingerian

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) is about to make Massachusetts a national leader in electric vehicle, or “EV”, transit. The WRTA has just purchased three additional electric buses, which will join the existing bus fleet of 46. This includes ten hybrid buses (diesel-electric) as well as three existing electric buses. With a grand total…

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Driving Climate Change
by Sandy Levine

A version of this article appeared in the November 17, 2013 edition  of the Sunday Rutland Herald / Times Argus. The biggest contribution to climate change in Vermont comes from how we get ourselves around. As a rural state we rely on cars — and they burn a lot of gasoline, producing significant greenhouse gas…

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Transforming New England’s Energy System
by N. Jonathan Peress

There has been big news in the New England energy landscape in the past few months. Two of the largest power plants in the region – both of which have been on the wrong side of CLF advocacy for years, Vermont Yankee in Vermont and Brayton Point in Massachusetts – are being retired by their owners.…

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New England States Charge Ahead on Electric Vehicles with New Memorandum of Understanding
by Jenny Rushlow

Today eight states, including four in New England, announced a landmark initiative to collectively put 3.3 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025 and develop fueling infrastructure to support them.  The governors of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Connecticut joined California, New York, Maryland, and Oregon in signing a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure…