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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
CLF Defends Saugus Residents from Unmonitored Ash Landfill

“The Saugus ash landfill sits at the heart of a thriving community, yet landfills of this type are infamous for releasing lead, mercury, and other cancer-causing chemicals into our air and water,” said CLF attorney Kirstie Pecci. “Despite this significant hazard, the landfill has operated for decades without monitoring its impact or creating an adequate barrier from the families and businesses that call Saugus home. It’s time for Wheelabrator to answer for its years of neglect and finally commit to water quality monitoring as the law requires and the community demands.”

Press Releases
Logan Airport Makes First-in-Nation Environmental Commitments

“Logan Airport is both a major gateway to New England and a microcosm of the region’s climate, pollution, and transportation challenges,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “With this landmark agreement, Logan moves to the head of the class in reducing airport soot, smog, and greenhouse gas emissions, while improving the experience of air travelers and the health of neighboring communities.”

Press Releases
CLF Fights Back Against Maine’s Disastrous New Solar Rules

“In March, the PUC turned its back on the people of Maine, our laws, our health, and our economic well-being,” said CLF attorney Emily Green. “These new solar rules are regressive, harmful, and illegal, and that’s why we’re pushing back on all fronts. We’re optimistic that the legislature will stand on the side of Mainers and protect our air and our wallets, but if they fail to act, it will fall to the state’s highest court to do the right thing.”

Press Releases
CLF Takes VT Gas Fight to State’s Highest Court

“If we knew four years ago what we know now, this project would never have been approved,” said CLF senior attorney Sandra Levine. “With costs skyrocketing while renewable alternatives are cheaper than ever, it’s become increasingly clear that this pipeline is a bad deal both economically and environmentally for the people of Vermont. We cannot give this project a free pass while Vermonters pay the price.”

Press Releases
Trump Attack on National Monuments is Affront to National Heritage

“This Executive Order is an attack on America’s national heritage,” said CLF Senior Counsel Peter Shelley. “For more than a hundred years, presidents of both parties have used the Antiquities Act to protect our most treasured places. Attempts to change the fabric of our national monuments are unprecedented, and we will continue to fight back on behalf of these places that belong to all Americans. An attack on any monument is an attack on them all.”

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.”

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