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Massachusetts Bill Threatens Waterfront Public Access
by Deanna Moran

There is currently legislation in front of the Massachusetts House of Representatives that not only threatens public access to Boston’s Waterfront but could set a dangerous precedent for waterfronts across the Commonwealth. If the bill (H.4505) were to pass, the Commercial Wharf East Condominium Association would be allowed to skirt their Chapter 91 obligations to…

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Talking Trash
by Laurie O'Reilly

CLF Launches Zero-Waste Project to Tackle Massachusetts’s Trash Problem On a Monday night in February, more than 100 people crowded into the Sturbridge, Massachusetts, town hall for an emergency meeting of the town’s Board of Health. Nineteen wells in the Sturbridge neighborhood closest to the massive Southbridge Landfill had just tested high for lead –…

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Rhode Island Legal Food Hub Has Officially Launched!
by Sumana Chintapalli

November 15 marked the official opening of the Rhode Island Legal Food Hub, and the day was celebrated with a breakfast launch event at Social Enterprise Greenhouse. We had a fantastic lineup of speakers from across the Rhode Island local food movement, who highlighted the importance of food systems work here and the need for…

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Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Massachusetts’ Path Forward
by David Ismay

In a recent Executive Order, Governor Baker broke his silence on this summer’s landmark decision by Massachusetts’ highest court on the Global Warming Solutions Act. The Court’s decision in Kain v. Dept. of Environmental Protection unanimously confirmed that Baker’s administration must act decisively to ensure the Commonwealth meets the Global Warming Solutions Act’s 2020 cap…

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CLF Bringing Suit to Address Stormwater in Rhode Island
by Max Greene

A few weeks ago, CLF initiated a lawsuit that seeks to require EPA to do its job under the Clean Water Act and clean up stormwater pollution in Rhode Island. This lawsuit has the potential to be a very big deal. What is stormwater pollution? When heavy rain falls and snow melts, water runs across paved surfaces, picks up…

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Proposed Upper Blackstone Delays: Unnecessary & Damaging
by Tricia Jedele

On November 15, 2011, CLF led a coalition of 14 other environmental groups in sending a letter to the United States Environmental Protection Agency that called for swift implementation of permit controls at a Massachusetts facility that is discharging directly into the Blackstone River. The coalition letter was written in response to a July 20,…

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CLF Calls for ME Attorney General to Determine Eligibility of DEP Commissioner Darryl Brown
by Sean Mahoney

CLF is once again calling for increased transparency from the LePage administration, this time with regard to whether or not Darryl Brown, who was confirmed by the Senate last month as Governor LePage’s appointment to be commissioner of Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is eligible to stay in his current position according to State and federal law.