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Federal Court Overturns EPA Power Plant Mercury Rules Court rebukes Bush Administration rule letting utilities to avoid deep cuts in mercury pollution – saying plan completely violates the Clean Air Act
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Washington, D.C. (February 8, 2008) – A federal appeals court today ruled that the Bush Administration’s rules allowing coal-and oil-fired power plants to avoid making deep mandatory cuts in mercury and other toxic air pollution violates the law. The court’s decision invalidates the so-called “Clean Air Mercury…

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Masshighway Water Pollution Case Goes to Trial Friday: Environmentalists Seeking to Protect Health of Key River Systems
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Boston, MA (February 7, 2008) – A case that charges the Massachusetts Highway Department with violating federal clean water laws by dumping polluted stormwater into neighboring rivers and streams will go to trial on Friday at the Moakley Courthouse. At issue is MassHighway’s alleged failure to implement…

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Maine BEP Requires Paper Mills to Speed Cleanup of the Androscoggin River
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Augusta, ME (February 7, 2008) – In a major step forward for efforts to clean up the Androscoggin River, Maine Bureau of Environmental Protection (BEP) today ordered two paper mills to meet strict new water pollution standards by 2010 – five years earlier than prior discharge permits.…

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Conservation Law Foundation Joins Save the Bay and the Environment Council of Rhode Island to Submit CRMC Brief to Rhode Island Supreme Court
by Claire Morgenstern

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Providence, RI (January 31, 2008) – Save the Bay, together with CLF and ECRI, today submitted a Supreme Court brief arguing that the Coastal Resource Management Council (CRMC) is subject to the 2004 Separation of Powers Amendment and that “separating governmental power over CRMC, with traditional checks…

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Clean Energy Groups Outraged Over Decision on Somerset Coal Plant: Final DEP Permit Lets Plant’s Owners Off the Hook, Extends Global Warming Pollution for Decades
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Boston, MA (January 24, 2008) – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today gave the green light for one of Massachusetts’ last remaining coal plants to continue releasing harmful greenhouse gas emissions into the air, ignoring a previous commitment to shut down the plant or reduce all…

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Settlement Paves Way for Pollution Reductions at Portsmouth Sewage Treatment Plant: Limits on Nitrogen Pollution Key to Protecting Great Bay Estuary
by Brian Barth

Portsmouth, NH (January 18, 2008) A legal settlement signed today by the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), the City of Portsmouth, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) puts Portsmouth on the path to long awaited reductions in wastewater and nitrogen pollution flowing into the Piscataqua River – an important part of the Great Bay estuary. “Great…

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Wind Farm Decision a Missed Oppurtunity for ME: Zoning Board Approves Kibby Project, Rejects Black Nubble
by Brian Barth

Contact Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications 617-850-1722 Brunswick, ME (January 14, 2008) The Maine Land Use Regulation Commission today delivered a mixed message on wind power in Maine, approving one project but rejecting another. The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), the only environmental group that consistently supported both projects as necessary steps to stabilize and…

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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…