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Josh Block, Press Secretary
Conservation Law Foundation
Office: 617.850.1709
jblock@clf.org
@joshmblock

CLF has experts available throughout New England on a variety of local, regional and national issues, including climate change, clean water, environmental justice, ocean conversation and renewable energy. For more information, see our list of experts and contact Josh Block.

CLF Press Releases and News Clips

Press Releases
Exit 4 Farmland Saved From Development, Sold Back to Farmers

“Today’s agreement is a massive victory for all Vermonters who take pride in our state’s rich farming heritage,” said CLF senior attorney Sandra Levine. “When you pull off this scenic highway exit, you should be greeted by sprawling fields and colorful produce, not bulldozers and industrial parks. Thanks to the hard work of all parties involved, this valuable farmland will be back where it belongs – in the hands of local farmers supported by, and providing for, our communities.”

Press Releases
CLF Fights for Cheaper Energy Bills at Maine Supreme Court

“If you could pay a lot less for the same product, why wouldn’t you? That’s what energy efficiency is about – lowering our electric bills without turning out the lights,” said Emily Green. “The PUC’s decision to underfund this critical program defies all economic sense, environmental sense and common sense. Thanks to three LePage-appointed commissioners, Mainers will be throwing away a quarter of a billion dollars.”

News Clips Cherise Leclerc, WMUR
High levels of contaminants found in Seacoast-area brooks

… “The first step is, obviously, knowing the scale of the problem,” said Tom Irwin of the Conservation Law Foundation. Irwin’s organization said the problem is significant: a March study done on brooks in the Seacoast towns of Portsmouth, Greenland and Newington found high levels of perfluorinated chemicals. Irwin said these toxins don’t degrade naturally.…

Press Releases
NH Seacoast Water Testing Finds High Levels of Dangerous Toxins

“We all have a stake in ensuring clean, healthy water, and seeing such high levels of toxic chemicals in our collective backyard is unacceptable,” said Tom Irwin, Director of CLF New Hampshire. “These toxins, which have already forced the closure of a drinking well at Pease, are flowing into local brooks and streams that lead to the Great Bay estuary, endangering communities throughout New Hampshire. It’s time for Pease Development Authority to step up and put an end to this perilous pollution.”

Press Releases
CLF and Partners Fight to Protect New England’s Only Marine Monument

“At Conservation Law Foundation, we have worked for years with scientists and members of the public who support permanent protection of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts and other such special areas,” said Peter Shelley, Senior Counsel for the Conservation Law Foundation. “We need to intervene in this unfortunate litigation filed by fishermen – who use this area little, if at all – to ensure New Englanders’ and scientists’ views are properly before the court as it considers the industry’s claims.”

News Clips Peter Hirschfeld, Vermont Public Radio
Advocates Push Lawmakers For Water Quality Funding

… Rebekah Weber, the lakekeeper at Conservation Law Foundation, says it isn’t just water quality advocates that are demanding real action on funding in 2017. A coalition that includes the Vermont Farm Bureau, Vermont Mayors Coalition, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and numerous environmentalist groups sent a letter to lawmakers last week, asking them to…

Press Releases
President Trump Decimates Critical Clean Air Protections

“President Trump’s decision to roll back EPA’s modest, common-sense climate rules betrays his promises to ‘drain the swamp’ and ‘promote clean air and water,'” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “Instead, fossil fuel lobbyists from the swamp are bending a once-revered agency to their will and reversing essential protections. EPA has a legal and moral obligation to protect the public from climate-changing air pollution, and CLF is ready to enforce that obligation despite the president’s despicable action today.”

Press Releases
NH Commission Stops Eversource Scheme to Gamble Public Money

“For the second time in six months, the PUC has shot down an Eversource scheme that would put New Hampshire businesses and families at risk,” said CLF New Hampshire Director Tom Irwin. “From financing gas pipelines to tipping the scales for Northern Pass, Eversource keeps trying – and failing – to gamble its customers’ hard-earned money on unnecessary and unwanted infrastructure. As the illusion of Northern Pass’s public value continues to be shattered, it’s only a matter of time before the whole thing comes tumbling down.”

News Clips Fred Bever, MPBN
Groups Urge State to Reconsider New Solar Rules

… Emily Green, a lawyer with the Conservation Law Foundation, says the new policy will make it harder to recoup the big upfront investment the technology requires, and runs afoul of existing law that puts a premium on increasing solar build-out in the state. She also says it will end up costing all energy considers…

Press Releases
Coalition Calls on Vermont Legislators to Protect Water Quality

“Clean water is an absolute right for everyone who lives, works and plays in Vermont, yet we still have a long way to go in protecting this vital resource,” said CLF Lake Champlain Lakekeeper Rebekah Weber. “We’ve seen beach closures, lowered property values, business losses, and serious public health risks from the pollutants we allow into our waterways. The people of Vermont deserve better, and it’s time for our elected representatives to step up to the plate.”

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