Environmental Justice

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MBTA Creates a Storm on the Fairmount Line
by Hoai Thuong Tran

It may seem that the Snowmageddon of 2015 is a distant memory, but for many MBTA users, the winter season lives on as a cold reminder of being stranded in crowded stations and wondering when the next train would be arriving, if at all. This year, the Fairmount Line on the commuter rail, which runs…

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ExxonMobil’s Revisionist History
by Veronica Eady

CLF is taking ExxonMobil to task for its decades-long cover-up of climate change impacts, which is leaving vulnerable Massachusetts communities directly in harm’s way. In response to pressure from public interest groups, Attorneys General, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Exxon has attempted to deflect attention away from its historic denial of climate change…

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To Protect Kids, Lead Poisoning Prevention is Key
by Tom Irwin

When it comes to childhood lead poisoning, it’s no surprise that prevention is essential. Because even low levels of lead exposure can cause permanent, irreversible harm – effectively robbing kids of their full potential – the best thing we can do is protect our kids from being exposed to lead in the first place. The…

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ExxonMobil Continues to Spin #WebOfDenial In Response To Lawsuit
by Veronica Eady

Yesterday, we officially filed suit against ExxonMobil for its endangerment of communities along the Mystic River. It is the first lawsuit of its kind since revelations last year about the corporation’s decades-long campaign to discredit climate science, and focuses specifically on Exxon’s violations of both the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Resource Conservation…

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Why We’ve Filed Suit Against ExxonMobil
by Veronica Eady

As the former Executive Director of Roxbury-based Alternatives for Community and Environment and current Director of CLF Massachusetts, I’ve spent my career fighting for environmental justice, including the challenges faced by the communities along the Mystic River. That’s why I am so excited to take on one of the biggest issues we face: pollution in…

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CLF Files First-in-Nation Lawsuit Over ExxonMobil Climate Cover-Up

“For more than three decades, ExxonMobil has devoted its resources to deceiving the public about climate science while using its knowledge about climate change to advance its business operations,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell. “Communities were put in danger and remain in danger, all to cut costs for one of the most profitable corporations in the world. It’s time to make Exxon answer for decades of false statements to the public and to regulators and ensure that its Everett facility meets its legal obligation to protect thousands of people and the Boston Harbor estuary from toxic water pollution.”

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Proposed Transportation Rule Will Hamper Local Input
by Annie Lemelin

A new proposal by the U.S. Department of Transportation would make it harder for small towns, underserved communities, and the public at large to have a voice in how to address local transportation needs. Supersizing Metropolitan Planning Organizations Federal legislation requires that transportation planning and policy in urbanized areas – those with populations of more than…

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Report: New Bedford Needs Aggressive Action To Remedy Pollution In Low-Income Neighborhoods

… The city of New Bedford needs to take “aggressive action” to deal with “rampant contamination in low-income neighborhoods,” according to the Conservation Law Foundation. A new CLF report, “New Bedford Massachusetts Environmental Justice in the Twenty-First Century,” notes that the city is a national leader in renewable energy, is working to clean up hazardous…