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

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CLF Press Releases and News Clips

News Clips Avory Brookins, Rhode Island Public Radio
RI Judge Hears Arguments On Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Invenergy, Johnston

… The Conservation Law Foundation, an environmental advocacy organization, filed a lawsuit in March claiming a water contract between the Town of Johnston and Invenergy, the power plant’s developer, is illegal. The contract says Johnston will buy water from Providence and resell it to Invenergy to cool the power plant. CLF is arguing that according to a…

News Clips A.J. Higgins, Susan Sharon & Mal Leary, Maine Public
‘Tragic Mistake’: Maine Leaders React to Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

… Sean Mahoney, executive vice president of the Conservation Law Foundation said Trump’s decision effectively isolates the U.S. “What can’t be mitigated is that there will be a loss of jobs because of this decision today and lost opportunity as Trump makes the U.S. a pariah in the world community. It will be very hard…

Press Releases
Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Agreement Would Be Reckless, Inexcusable

“President Trump’s reported decision to withdraw from the historic Paris Climate Agreement puts the U.S. on the wrong side of history and at odds with nearly 200 other countries that understand the threat climate change poses to the global economy and our survival as a species,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “CLF will be fighting to ensure this stroke of the president’s pen does not alter New England’s effort to protect our communities from climate risk and does not deter the innovators leading the expanding world market for the clean energy technologies that will shape our future.”

News Clips Thomas Farragher, Boston Globe
It’s a cleaner harbor, with fewer spots to enjoy it

We are at the dawn of another summertime in the city, and along Boston’s sparkling waterfront, ferries dodge porpoises and sleek boats glide through sparkling water and head for moorings in a harbor that once was — quite literally — an open sewer. If he closes his eyes, Peter Shelley can easily conjure up those…

News Clips Jeff McMenemy, Sea Coast Online
Barnum steps down as the Waterkeeper

Jeff Barnum retired Wednesday after nearly four years as the Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper for the Conservation Law Foundation. “If I knew leaving was going to be this difficult I wouldn’t have quit,” Barnum said. He was joined by CLF’s new waterkeeper Melissa Paly, a longtime Seacoast environmental advocate and activist who lives in Kittery Point,…

News Clips Sandra Levine, VT Digger
SANDRA LEVINE: NEXT STEPS FOR CLIMATE ACTION

Along with California, the New England states can drive home positive action to tackle climate change. With the Trump administration in Washington rolling back federal protections, it is more important than ever for states, communities and individuals to act. For nearly a decade Vermont has seen strong legislative action advancing renewable energy, energy efficiency and…

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.”