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U.S. Court Allows Suit Alleging ExxonMobil’s Everett Tank Farm Is A Hazard To Proceed

… The plaintiff, nonprofit Conservation Law Foundation, or CLF, claims that ExxonMobil has ignored requirements to prevent its oil storage and transfer site in Everett from discharging pollutants into the Mystic in heavy weather. The ExxonMobil oil terminal and storage facility in Everett is regulated by federal (EPA) and state (MassDEP) authorities, but federal environmental…

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Lessons from Houston: Protecting New England Communities from Toxic Spills
by Carol Gregory

Over six days, Hurricane Harvey dumped 27 trillion gallons of water on Houston and parts of the Gulf Coast, leaving a wide swath of destruction and toxic pollution for communities to deal with as they try to rebuild from the storm. 100,000 homes incurred damage or were lost altogether, and restoration efforts are estimated to…

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Cleaning Up Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
by Sandy Levine

In testimony submitted today, Conservation Law Foundation showed shortcomings in the proposed plan to transfer the shuttered Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power facility from Entergy, its current owner, to Northstar. Cleaning up is messy business. And especially so for nuclear power plants. The closed Vermont Yankee Nuclear facility sits idle on the banks of the Connecticut…

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CLF Brings Shell to Court for Neglect of Providence River, Community

“This weekend, we saw thousands of homes destroyed, streets flooded and families displaced by Hurricane Harvey,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell. “We can’t wait around for the next natural disaster to inundate our communities. Shell’s facility sits on the banks of the Providence River, poised to spew toxic chemicals into our waters and our neighborhoods with no adequate safeguards in place. If the loss of life and damage from storms like Hurricane Harvey aren’t enough of a wake-up call, then legal action is needed to protect the public.”

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Conservation Matters: Summer 2017 Year in Review

Fighting Big Gas How One Community’s Fight Could Shape the Future of New England Restoring Lake Champlain Reasons for Hope after Decades of Degradation Local Food 2.0 Training a New Generation of Farmers in Western Massachusetts Whale Watch Saving North Atlantic Right Whales from Extinction Measuring Community Health A New Research Model Puts the Community…

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CLF says legal action possible against Coakley Landfill Group

The Conservation Law Foundation official has not ruled out taking legal action against the Coakley Landfill Group. Tom Irwin, vice president and director of CLF New Hampshire, said “it’s an option we’ve not dismissed” when asked during an editorial board meeting Wednesday if it’s something CLF has considered. “I’ll just say it’s a possibility at…

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Tillerson Tasked With Global Leadership on Climate Change

“U.S. leadership on climate change is essential to protecting the future of our economy and the safety of our communities, and Rex Tillerson now has the mantle of providing that leadership,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “We must cautiously, if reluctantly, place our faith in his willingness to put the best interests of the nation above those of the industry he championed his entire career. And if he falters, we are ready to challenge him at every turn.”

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MA Court Quashes ExxonMobil Attack on Law Enforcement

“Today’s decision sends a strong signal that no corporation is above the law,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “ExxonMobil has spent decades deceiving the public and gambling the health and safety of communities across the state, and Maura Healey has not just the right but the responsibility to investigate the full extent of the company’s wrongdoing. CLF is proud to stand behind the Attorney General as she works day in and day out to protect the people of Massachusetts from the threat of climate change and those who would seek to ignore it.”

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CLF Sues the Pease Development Authority to Clean Up Toxic Stormwater Pollution
by Jeff Barnum

CLF has filed a lawsuit against the redeveloper of the site of the Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for violating the Clean Water Act. Pollution from the site is fouling local waterways, including the Great Bay estuary, with numerous pollutants, including toxic chemicals of growing concern. From Air Force Base to a…

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Trump’s State pick has a history with Mass. politicians

… In the first lawsuit of its kind, filed in September, the Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation contends Exxon Mobil has failed to prepare for rising sea levels and severe weather caused by climate change, potentially exposing the public to toxic breaches around its oil terminal on the Mystic River in Everett. While the lawsuit focuses…