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Obama’s Green Light to Stricter Emissions Standards: CLF Hails Return to Decisions Based on Law, Science and Public Health
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617.850.1722 Boston, MA (January 26, 2009) – President Obama today directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider allowing California to move forward with stricter tailpipe standards for motor vehicle emissions, paving the way for most New England states to adopt the cleaner emissions regulations as well. The Conservation…

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Annual Catch Limits for Fishermen Must Lead to Renewed Focus on Effective Fisheries Management
by Brian Barth

Contact: Colin Durrant Director of Communications (617)850-1722 Portland, ME (January 16, 2009) – In a step toward meeting a 2010 federal mandate to end overfishing, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today finalized revised guidelines for the establishment of annual catch limits for New England and other U.S. fishermen. Sean Mahoney, Vice President and Maine…

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$457 Million + Cost For Merrimack Power Pland Deserves Extra Scrutiny: Conservationists Say More Information, Transparency Needed to Fully Understand Long-Term Impacts
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Concord, NH (January 15, 2009) – At a public hearing this evening on the Merrimack Station power plant, conservationists will urge state officials to ask for additional information and full transparency in the air pollution permitting process so that decision makers and the public can fully assess…

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Federal Officials Begin Official Review of Endangered Listing for Atlantic Wolffish: Announcement Marks Major Step Forward in Protection for One of New England’s Most Threatened Fish Species
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Boston, MA (January 5, 2009) – In a decision that could lead to the first listing of a New England ocean fish species as endangered, federal officials today announced they were beginning an official review of the Atlantic wolffish as a threatened or endangered species. The decision…

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RI Supreme Court Ruling Will End legislative Involvement in CRMC: Environmentalists cheer decision as key for protection of state’s coastline
by Brian Barth

Please Contact: Cynthia Giles, (401) 351-1102 Providence, RI (December 19, 2008) In a decision that environmentalists say was key for protection of the state’s coastline, the Rhode Island Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) is independent from the Legislature. The Court said that the coastal planning and permitting agency is…

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Conservation Groups Sue EPA Over Toxic Air Pollution From Power Plants
by Brian Barth

Contact: Colin Durrant 617.850.1722 Boston, MA (December 18, 2008) – Today, a coalition of state and national public health and environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit seeking a firm and enforceable new deadline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require deep reductions in mercury and other toxic air pollutants emitted from coal- and…

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Clean Energy and Environmental Groupd Call for Immediate Action on Cape Wind
by Brian Barth

Meddling seeks to delay release of positive environmental report Boston, MA and Washington DC (December 11, 2008)— Clean energy, environmental and public health groups call on the administration to move forward without delay on the Cape Wind project. These groups were outraged today by what appears to be further political meddling with the final approval…

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EPA Will Curb Stormwater Pollution into Long Creek: Agency Orders Cleanup of Existing Developments, Serves as Model for Nation
by Brian Barth

Contact: Colin Durrant Communications Director 617.850.1722 South Portland, ME (December 5, 2008) For the second time in as many months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ruled that existing developments must clean up the stormwater pollution that flows off their roofs, parking lots and sidewalks into New England’s waters. Today’s ruling affects the Long…

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GM an Chrysler Lost Third Straight Lawsuit Against State Emissions Regulations: Rhode Island US District Court Calls Automakers Out on Strikes
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Providence, RI (November 25, 2008) – The US Federal District Court for Rhode Island today dismissed a legal challenge from General Motors, Chrysler and two automobile manufacturer trade associations seeking to block state regulations requiring cleaner tailpipe emissions from new motor vehicles. The car manufacturers had previously…

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Conservation Law Foundation Blasts PUC Decision: “Decoupling” Seen as Step Backward in Fight Against Climate Change
by Brian Barth

Contact: Jerry Elmer, Staff Attorney (401) 351-1102 JElmer@CLF.org PROVIDENCE, RI (November 24, 2008) — The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) today blasted the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a decision in which the PUC declined to approve a proposal for “decoupling” of gas prices. CLF said the ruling would harm both consumers and the environment. Decoupling…