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Help for Cape Cod’s Pollution Problem
by Chris Kilian

No one would consider swimming, sailing, or fishing in a sewer, but that, in effect, is the choice facing people seeking to use polluted bays around Cape Cod. The Cape’s septic systems cause 85 percent of the nitrogen pollution plaguing our waterways. Every time a toilet flushes into a septic tank, our clean bays, our…

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Pruitt on the Clean Water Attack
by Heather Govern

Once again, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the Trump administration are taking aim at one of our most vital and effective environmental laws. On February 20, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a public notice asking for comments on the Clean Water Act’s coverage of pollution that enters our nation’s lakes, rivers, and oceans via groundwater.

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Faces of Ocean Planning: Cape Cod’s Self-Reliance
by Aimee Bushman

The nonprofit’s renewable energy goals are likely to be bolstered by the implementation of the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan. For more than 35 years, Self-Reliance (formerly Cape and Islands Self-Reliance) has worked to educate Cape Cod residents, businesses, and neighborhoods on the economic benefits of renewable energy. Through the implementation of unique “energy action plans,”…

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No More Dirty Energy for Massachusetts!
by David Ismay

As families across New England were preparing for this last holiday season, NRG Energy, a Texas dirty-energy giant (over 80% of its massive power holdings burn fossil fuels!), quietly filed its request with the Massachusetts Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) for approval to construct its newest fossil-fuel power plant: a new, 350 megawatt gas- and…

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Faces of Ocean Planning | Richard Delaney: ‘Research in action’ helps drive ocean management
by Amanda Yanchury

Welcome to Faces of Ocean Planning, where we’ll take you behind the scenes to feature people and organizations who use the ocean in a variety of ways and are engaged in the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan process.  Rich Delaney knows that in order to protect coastal environments, marine mammals, and ecosystems, you must first understand them:…

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Hidden in Judge’s Ruling on Cape Cod Water Pollution: A Slap to EPA’s Hand on the Clean Water Funding Spigot
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

A recent federal court decision in Conservation Law Foundation’s and Buzzards Bay Coalition’s lawsuit against EPA addressing nitrogen pollution in Cape Cod bays has major implications for the way local water pollution control projects are funded in the Commonwealth. The impact of nutrient pollution on the streams and bays of Cape Cod was identified as…

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State of the Union: Our Messy Federalism
by John Kassel

At a time when our governors and our President were preparing to address their constituents, CLF was (and is) making news – news that raises a series of enduring questions: In our country, where is the line between federal and state authority? How clear is it? Who gets to draw it? Why would you draw it in one place instead of another?