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Our Recycling System is Broken. It’s Time for Plastic Producers to Take Responsibility.
by John Hite

American recycling is in a crisis. But this crisis is a chance to create a better system for tomorrow. Today’s products and their packaging are often made from plastic and designed for disposal. By holding the producers of those products accountable for their polluting products, we can create a system that’s better for our communities and better for our planet.

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Threats Continue as Right Whales Migrate Back to New England
by Erica Fuller

Seven new North Atlantic right whale calves are migrating with their mothers and other whales back up the east cost into New England and Canadian waters. But this journey is full of threats: ship strikes, noise pollution, and entanglement in fishing gear all threaten their survival. We must work to make our oceans a safe and welcoming place for right whales.

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Home Energy Solutions: Investing in Rooftop Solar
by Bethany Kwoka

Since Sean Mahoney, CLF’s Executive Vice President, and his wife put a rooftop solar panel system on their barn, they’ve noticed a huge difference in their energy bills. All told, their annual energy costs have decreased by up to 80 percent! For the Mahoneys, installing solar panels was about both saving money on electricity and about reducing their carbon footprint.

News Clips
Attack on Invenergy’s Credibility Resumes This Week

In an e-mail, Elmer wrote that he would show the EFSB that “Invenergy cannot be trusted to build the plant because Invenergy has consistently lied to state and federal regulators and to the ISO (New England) throughout the long years of this case.”

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Invenergy Final Hearing Resumes
by Jerry Elmer

After a month-long hiatus, the Invenergy Final Hearing has resumed. At stake is whether Rhode Island’s Energy Facility Siting Board will grant Invenergy a permit to pave over a forest in Burrillville to build a new fracked gas and diesel oil power plant.

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Why We Don’t Need to Worry About Cold Snaps in New England
by Bethany Kwoka

It’s hardly news that temperatures in New England drop below freezing in winter. But as CLF has long argued, we have plenty of fuel to get through even the coldest winters unscathed, without footing the bill for a polluting new pipeline. And on top of that, if we want to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change, we must stop using dirty fuels like gas altogether.

Press Releases
Rhode Island Department of Health Declines to Regulate Toxic Chemicals

“With the EPA’s national PFAS plan falling far short, it’s up to the states to protect us from these toxic chemicals,” said Amy Moses, Vice President and Director of CLF Rhode Island. “The dangerous health effects of these substances have been known for years, and other New England states have committed to solving the problem. Rhode Island needs to protect public health and that starts with ensuring everyone has safe drinking water.”