Jake O’Neill, Press Secretary
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Jen Duggan, Vermont director of Conservation Law Foundation, said that CLF sees the drinking water standard as an “important step” and was encouraged to see the state is looking to move beyond setting chemical by chemical limits.
“We are encouraged by ANR’s commitment to evaluate options to protect Vermonters from the PFAS class of chemicals,” said Jen Duggan, director of CLF Vermont. “ANR’s decision to regulate five PFAS chemicals is an important first step. There are thousands of these harmful substances, and CLF will continue to fight to get them out of our water.”
“As we ask more of our oceans, we must ensure that we balance the critical need for clean energy with the protection of our majestic right whales and other marine species,” added Dr. Priscilla Brooks, Director of Ocean Conservation at CLF. “This agreement marks a significant step forward in responsible development of offshore wind energy.”
“Storing energy inside our homes is a win for New Hampshire residents and the environment,” said Melissa Birchard, Senior Attorney at CLF. “Today’s decision will help families save money on their electric bills and keep the lights on when winter storms inevitably strike. We must continue to find innovative ways to reduce climate-damaging emissions and encourage clean energy over polluting fossil fuels.”
“The state is only allowed to use this land if they minimize all negative impacts to the land,” said Schluntz, of the Conversation Law Foundation, about the land along the Charles River.
The environmental group doesn’t always get what it wants. But it can be a powerful ally — or a formidable foe. Its final role in this waterfront saga remains to be seen.
CLF says the new settlement is the first of its kind to require a redeveloped base to get a federal sewer permit, or to mandate pilot treatment technologies for PFAS.
“Too many of New England’s fisheries are still in crisis,” said Peter Shelley, senior counsel at Conservation Law Foundation. “Without knowing how many fish are actually being caught and being discarded at sea without being reported, the agencies are managing the fishery in the dark. This irresponsible management isn’t tolerated anywhere else in the country, and it’s unacceptable in New England as well.”
The Boston-based environmental law firm contends this unimpeded flow of nutrients into these water bodies must be regulated under the Clean Water Act, which imposes much higher standards of pollution control than the state permit. Nutrients such as nitrogen spur rapid algal growth, destroying pond and bay ecosytems, rendering them unfit for swimming, fishing or marine life.
“This historic agreement ensures that the Pease Development Authority will be playing by the same rules as communities throughout the Seacoast and will comply with the Clean Water Act. The health and safety of our waters is essential to our communities and our economy. No one has a right to pollute them.”