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Great Beer for a Great Cause: CLF Night at Three Penny Taproom
by Anthony Iarrapino

If you like beer, then you can (and should) help support Conservation Law Foundation fulfill our mission of protecting New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. You see, at CLF we use the law, science, and the market to create solutions that preserve our natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant…

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Helping VT Farmers Find Food Funding
by Anthony Iarrapino

More small-scale farms, in more local communities, growing a greater diversity of food in sustainable and humane ways, are key ingredients in CLF’s recipe for a healthy, thriving New England for generations to come. Let’s face it, with gas prices topping $4 per gallon and global warming causing deepening droughts across many of the world’s…

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Gardening in New England: Adapting for a Different World
by John Kassel

A couple of weeks ago I met a young farmer near Rutland, VT who was stunned to be out plowing his fields in the month of March. At that time the fields are usually knee-deep muddy, if not still covered in snow, ice or the slow-melting crust of the long winter. He was stunned:  if…

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Vermont Yankee: Entergy Keeps Trying to Steamroll Vermont
by Sandy Levine

Entergy owns a tired old nuclear plant on the banks of the Connecticut River in Vermont – a plant it wants to keep running despite escalating costs, threats to the environment and public health, and a history of false promises.  With old approvals in hand, Entergy continues to operate Vermont Yankee past its scheduled retirement date of…

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Vermont Yankee – A Stunning Rebuke
by Sandy Levine

In a sharply worded decision, the Vermont Public Service Board made clear yesterday that it intends to holds Entergy to its commitments. The Board stated that the provision of Vermont law that allows licenses to continue while a new proceeding is underway “does not provide authority for Vermont Yankee to continue operating, and storing spent…

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Vermont Yankee — A Sad Trend Continues
by Sandy Levine

As the scheduled retirement date for Vermont Yankee approaches, it becomes clearer than ever that this costly, tired, leaky and polluting plant’s days are numbered. The disappointing Federal Court decision that limited action by the Vermont Legislature to close Vermont Yankee kept intact review by Vermont utility regulators. That review began and Entergy is being pressed…

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Give Entergy an Inch and They (Try To) Take a Mile
by Sandy Levine

Entergy asked the Public Service Board today to just give it a new certificate of public good claiming no further review is needed. Judge Murtha’s decision was clear. The Vermont Public Service Board continues to have authority to review Entergy’s actions and determine if continued operation is beneficial to Vermont.

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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?