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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…

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New England States, Environs Say EPA Ignoring Supreme Court Ruling on Greenhouse Gas Emisions: CLF Says Federal Inaction Highlights Need for States and Region to Continue to Lead on Global Warming
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Boston, MA (April 2, 2008) – On the one year anniversary of a historic Supreme Court ruling on global warming, a group of states, cities and environmental organizations today are filing a petition charging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with failing to comply with the Court’s decision.…

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CLF Appeals St. Albans Sewage Permit: Weak Permit Would Worsen Pollution Problems in St. Albans Bay
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Montpelier, VT (October 31, 2008) – A weak water pollution permit for the St. Albans City sewage treatment plant will allow increases in harmful nutrient pollution into St. Albans Bay contends an appeal filed today by the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF). The permit, issued in early October…

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Northeast States Move to Force Reduction of Mercury Pollution from Midwest Power Plants
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Boston, MA (October 30, 2008) – In a move to combat harmful mercury pollution in river, lakes and streams, seven Northeast states have asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force the clean up of smokestack emissions from Midwest power plants. Under a 319(g) legal petition filed…

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Endangered Species Listing Sought for Atlantic Wolffish: Group Seeks Protection and Recovery Plan for New England Fish Facing Extinction
by Brian Barth

Contact: Colin Durrant , 617-850-1722, cdurrant@clf.org BOSTON, MA (October 1, 2008) The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and others today filed a scientific petition with the federal government seeking endangered species protection for the Atlantic wolffish, a fish threatened with extinction due to years of overharvesting and habitat loss due to modern fishing gear. If the…

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Historic Carbon Pollution Auction Kicks Off September 25: CLF Hails Regional Effort as First Step to Reducing Power Plant Emissions
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Boston, MA (September 23, 2008) – For the first time ever a price will be put on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in the United States under a historic “cap and trade” emissions auction set to begin on September 25. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI),…

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Offshore Drilling in New England a Non-Starter
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617.850.1722 Boston, MA (September 5, 2008) – A New England environmental group whose lawsuit led to an extensive offshore drilling moratorium in the 1970’s and 1980’s has promised to fight the Bush Administration’s current plan to open offshore areas to oil drilling. The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), New…

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Feds Designate Protected Habitat to Restore Atlantic Salmon
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617.850.1722 Brunswick, ME (September 2, 2008) – Federal wildlife agencies have proposed protected status for river and stream habitat throughout Maine that are critical to the restoration of the endangered Gulf of Maine wild Atlantic salmon. In addition to the habitat designation sought by environmental and fishing groups,…

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104 Citizens Groups Criticize Anti-Democratic Rulemaking Bush Administration to Cripple Endangered Species Act with Little Public Input, Oversight
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617.850.1722 Washington, DC (August 21, 2008) – Today, representatives from 104 conservation and scientific organizations representing millions of Americans submitted a letter to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez calling for increased transparency and opportunities for public participation on a new rule…