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Cape Wind Draft Environmental Impact Statement Released: CLF Hopeful Project Can Move Quickly to Approval
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Boston, MA (January 14, 2008) – The US Minerals Management Service today released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Wind clean energy project in Nantucket Sound. The announcement marks another milestone in what would become the nation’s largest offshore wind project. The Conservation Law Foundation,…

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State Allows Coal Plant to Continue Releasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Decision Allows NRG, Somerset Power Plant to Backtrack on Commitment- Environmentalists Disappointed
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Boston, MA (January 7, 2008) – In a late night decision last Friday, the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced he would allow a coal fired power plant to backtrack on its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas pollutants by adopting experimental coal gasification technology. Disappointed…

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States, Environmentalists Seek Reversal of EPA’s Tailpipe Emissions Waiver Denial
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Boston, MA (January 2, 2008) – Sixteen states and five environmental groups today asked a federal court to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency’s December 19th decision to deny a waiver request that would have allowed California and sixteen other states to adopt tougher greenhouse gas emissions standards…

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EPA Approves Northeast’s Plan to Curb Mercury Pollution From Midwest Coal Plants
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617.850.1722 Boston, MA (December 21, 2007) – The Environmental Protection Agency today approved tough mercury reduction standards developed by Northeast states under the Clean Water Act to cut pollution from Midwest coal power plants and other out-of-state sources by 90%. The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), a New England-based…

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EPA Denies States’ Stronger Tailpipe Emissions Waiver Request
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617.850.1722 Boston, MA (December 20, 2007) – The Environmental Protection Agency late yesterday announced that it has denied the request of California and 12 other states — including Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont — to set first-in-the-nation regulations on emissions of greenhouse gas pollution from passenger cars…

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Environmentalists Call For Full-Scale Review Of Somerset Power Plant Extension Groups say project threatens MA’s leadership on global warming
by Brian Barth

Contact: Colin Durrant, Director of Communications (617)850-1722 Boston, MA (December 18, 2007) Environmentalists are crying foul over the state’s draft approval of a plan to extend the life of a Somerset, MA power plant by adopting experimental coal gasification technology. In a petition filed with state environmental officials, the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is requesting…

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Dominion Agrees to Strict, New Water Permit For Brayton Point Plant Settlement with EPA a major victory for fragile Mount Hope Bay
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant , Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Boston, MA (December 17, 2007) After almost five years of delay tactics Dominion Resources has agreed to a strict, new thermal water intake and discharge permit for the Brayton Point Station in Somerset, MA. In a settlement with the Environmental Protect Agency’s Region 1 office, the company…

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Lax Enforcement Threatening Vermont’s Environment: CLF Report Details Weak Punishments for Polluters, Poor Accountability, and Little Transparency
by Brian Barth

Contact Anthony N. L. Iarrapino, Staff Attorney 802-223-0600 Montpelier, VT (December 12, 2007) Vermont ’s legacy as an environmental champion is being seriously threatened by weak enforcement of the state’s environmental laws, concluded a report released today by the Conservation Law Foundation’s Vermont Advocacy Center. “Those who pollute our environment should be held accountable for…

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EPA Plan to Evade Required Cuts In Mercury Pollution Challenged in Court by States, Tribes, Health and Environmental Groups
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Washington, D.C. (December 6, 2007) – Fourteen states and dozens of Native American tribes, public health and environmental groups, and organizations representing registered nurses and physicians appeared in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today seeking to overturn Bush administration proposals that evade…

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Developer Pulls Plans for Chelsea Power Plant
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Chelsea, MA (November 14, 2007) – In a victory for community and environmental groups, the developer of a proposed power plant in Chelsea, MA today said they were pulling plans for construction. The plant, a so-called “peaking” power plant used when electricity demand is at its highest,…