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Public Hearing: TDI Transmission Project – Vermont
by Sandy Levine

The Vermont Public Service Board will be holding a public hearing on a very large scale electric transmission project proposed in Vermont. TDI Transmission Project Tuesday evening, February 24, 2015 7:00 pm Fair Haven Union High School, (Band Room) 33 Mechanic Street, Fair Haven, Vermont The project proposed by TDI is planned to go underneath…

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Why Producer Responsibility Makes Sense for Rhode Island
by Jerry Elmer

Last Thursday evening, March 29th, the R.I. House Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources held a hearing on a product-stewardship bill, H-7443. I was present, and I testified on behalf of CLF in favor of the bill (see below for a summary of my testimony). Also present were paid lobbyists for the National Electrical…

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EPA will Require PSNH to Build Cooling Towers at Merrimack Station
by Karen Wood

New England’s old coal-burning power plants don’t just pollute the air. With their obsolete cooling technology, they also create havoc in the water bodies on which they reside. To control heat from the coal-combustion process, these coal plants draw millions of gallons of water daily into their antiquated cooling systems, killing the aquatic life that…

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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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What does Michael Pollan know about health care reform?
by Anthony Iarrapino

In an insightful reaction to President Obama’s health care speech to a joint session of Congress, noted author Michael Pollan (Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food) said something very provocative on the pages of the New York Times.  Unlike South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson, he didn’t accuse the president of lying.  But he did make pretty…