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The Latest News about the Salem Harbor Power Plant
by Seth Kaplan

There has been a significant development in the long running saga of the Salem Harbor power plant, one of the major targets of CLF’s Coal Free New England campaign. On October 5, Dominion Energy, the plant’s owner, quietly filed what is known as a Permanent Delist Bid with ISO New England (ISO-NE), the operator of…

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Caution: Bad Air Quality Ahead
by Shanna Cleveland

Hotter Temperatures More than Doubled Smog Days in New England On October 1, the EPA announced that the number of bad air quality days increased from 11 last year to 28 in 2010.  These are also known as “high ozone days” and are triggered when ozone levels exceed the standards EPA has set to protect…

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A Polar Bear Embraces the Electric Car
by Shanna Cleveland

I’m one of those people who believes that climate change is the biggest challenge facing the planet, but I was baffled about how to react when I saw the Polar Bear ad for the Nissan Leaf®.  At first I thought it must be an ad by one of the national environmental groups, and I was…

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Everything old is new again: The fight for Clean Air continues & reducing, reusing and recycling is still a good idea
by Seth Kaplan

While the overarching environmental challenge of our time continues to be global warming we can’t loose sight of the need to confront the other air pollution that threatens the public health.  For those of us who fighting against dangerous pollution from coal fired power plants like Salem Harbor in Massachusetts this is not news –…

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The bad stuff in coal has to go somewhere . . .
by Seth Kaplan

The NY Times presents some required reading about how improvements in air pollution control technology can have the unpleasant consequence of putting pollution into our waterways.  The problem of contaminated coal ash is one that CLF has engaged for years – back in the year 2000 CLF negotiated a successful settlement with the then-owner of…

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The Struggle continues at Salem Harbor
by Seth Kaplan

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in an order issued on September 18, 2009, has sided with the operator of the New England electricity system (ISO-NE) in a dispute with Dominion, the owner of the Salem Harbor Power Plant. Here is the basic situation:  Dominion has “de-listed” the Salem Harbor Power Plant in the upcoming…

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Bad plans for coal plants give me gas . . .
by Seth Kaplan

The Boston Globe today presents an excellent editorial on the misguided proposal for the power plant in Somerset Massachusetts: ONE OF THE state’s “Filthy Five’’ coal-burning power plants is trying to turn itself into a Cinderella of clean-burning electricity generation. Since the makeover includes a first-in-the-nation commercial use of a certain technology to reduce dirty…