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Massachusetts AG Healey is Right to Take on ExxonMobil
by Bradley Campbell

The following blog post is co-authored with Kelsey Wirth, co-founder and Chair of Mother’s Out Front, a national grassroots advocacy organization.  Just as the City of Boston issued yet another report about the city’s vulnerability to potentially devastating climate change impacts from fossil fuel use, ExxonMobil and its surrogates are attacking anyone with the temerity to scrutinize…

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Video: Historic Decision Could Mean the End of Coal in New Hampshire
by Tom Irwin

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission recently reached an historic settlement that requires Eversource to sell all of its power plants in the state. This will force its old and inefficient coal-fired plants – including Merrimack Station in Bow – to compete on an open market against more economically and environmentally friendly sources of energy, like solar and wind. CLF…

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Waterkeeper Vessel Launched for 2015!
by Jeff Barnum

The Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper vessel is back on the water for its second season. Interest is keen from folks who want to climb aboard and explore Great Bay and the Piscataqua River and other waters up close, and to discuss the challenges facing the estuary and the solutions for securing its health.

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CLF Petition Seeks Win-Win Solutions for Agricultural Water Pollution
by Anthony Iarrapino

Yesterday, CLF filed a first-of-its-kind state law petition with the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture. The petition calls for Vermont officials to require dairy and livestock producers in the Missisquoi Bay region of Lake Champlain to implement “Best Management Practices” proven to reduce erosion and runoff of manure into area tributary waterways and the Lake itself. Agriculture is a huge part of…

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Can Great Bay Oysters be Saved for a Healthier Estuary?
by Jeff Barnum

In a recent blog, I discussed our work to clean up toxic stormwater pollution from the massive scrap metal facility on the banks of the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth.  One important outcome of our work was to secure funding from the operator of that facility, through EPA, for an oyster and eelgrass restoration project in…

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Success for Great Bay Estuary, But More Progress is Needed in Action Against Grimmel Industries
by Jeff Barnum

For quite some time now, we’ve had significant concerns about industrial stormwater pollution flowing into the Piscataqua River from the massive scrap metal facility operated by Grimmel Industries. As a result of these concerns – including toxic discharges containing PCBs and mercury – CLF successfully engaged the attention of EPA, which required Grimmel to clean…

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Waves of Change: Taking on the Threat of Ocean Garbage
by Sean Cosgrove

Walking the sandy beaches of the Cape and Islands, kayaking the marshes and salt ponds, or scrambling around the rocky shores of Maine will almost always provide three things: a great outdoor experience, a chance to explore and learn about nature and the amazing diversity of life, and a full review of the waste, refuse,…

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Why Driving Less and Biking More Celebrates Earth Day Every Day
by John Kassel

Every year, environmentalists and the public alike celebrate Earth Day in late April. It is a day with a long, proud history – a day when, for a brief moment, we share our environmental concern with a broader public. But let’s be clear: one day is not enough. This year marks more than 40 years…

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Salem Harbor Enforced Shutdown: The Beginning of the End for Old Coal in New England
by N. Jonathan Peress

This week the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and HealthLink secured an Order from the US District Court in Massachusetts requiring Salem Harbor power plant owner Dominion to shut down all four units at the 60-year-old coal-fired power plant by 2014. In bringing a clear end to the prolonged decline of Salem Harbor Station, this settlement ushers in a new era of clean air, clean water and clean energy for the community of Salem, MA, and for New England as a whole.