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7th of November 2017

Concerned Community Members and Experts Speak Out Against Wheelabrator Concord Company’s Air Pollution Permit at Public Hearing

Every day the Wheelabrator incinerator burns approximately 575 tons of household garbage, commercial trash, and ‘light’ industrial and ‘special’ wastes. More than 5 million tons of trash have been burned in Concord since the incinerator opened in 1989, resulting in over a million tons of toxic ash and air pollution impacting a wide area. According to the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, “All incinerators pose considerable risk to the health and environment of neighboring communities as well as that of the general population.”

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28th of October 2017

While Trump Administration Pushes Fossil Fuels in Bonn, Group Demands that Charlie Baker ‘Stand Up!’

Fifty local organizations are supporting a standout and delivery of a letter to Governor Charlie Baker at his Springfield office on Thursday, November 16, at 12:15 pm. The “Stand Up, Charlie!” action demands that Baker not follow the lead of the Trump Administration and, instead, act now to cut greenhouse gas emissions responsible for catastrophic climate change. All of the nations of the world but one are supporting the United Nations Climate Accord, as President Trump has threatened to pull out this summer. Contrary to the intent of the gathering, Trump has sent a delegation to the yearly Conference of Parties in Bonn, Germany, to promote coal, gas and nuclear energy.

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15th of October 2017

Support Pipeline Resisters Nate Palmer and Karen Bixler at the Middlebury Courthouse

Fracked gas from Canada may be flowing through the Vermont Gas System’s (VGS) 41 mile pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury, Vermont, but the fight to stop it from continuing to Rutland County and south from there to a global market, has not. On Thursday, October 26th at 8:30 AM at the Middlebury, VT Courthouse, Nathan Palmer and Karen Bixler, who are charged with trespassing on a VGS pipeline site, will defend themselves in court.

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11th of October 2017

Securing a Safe North Branford, Connecticut

Propane facilities pose substantial safety risks – which is why North Branford’s zoning regulations banned them. However, when a propane company wanted to build a facility on land owned by a town councilman, the town changed the rules without consulting its citizens. Residents quickly united to gather over 1,000 signatures requesting a referendum. That’s when community activists from North Branford Citizens Against Bulk Propane called Community Action Works.

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New England’s Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant Retires

On May 31st, Brayton Point coal plant, the largest fossil fuel power plant in all of New England, retired permanently. Community Action Works first started working with residents in ​Somerset, Mass. a decade ago, and at the time, the town of 18,000 was home to two coal-fired power plants which represented nearly half the community’s tax base.

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Maine Communities Fight for Local Control of Water

At Community Action Works, we believe that access to clean water is a human right. This puts us at odds with some powerful interests that are making lots of money by commodifying water. The Swiss corporation Nestlé is one such interest. On the international scene, they have lobbied against water rights and their CEO is on the record as stating “access to water should not be a public right.” On the local level, they are making moves in the state of Maine to control and sell more water under their brand name Poland Spring.

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Boston Takes Big Strides towards Zero Waste

Zero Waste Boston has great news from this summer: following the coalition’s seven year campaign to move Boston towards policies and programs that reduce waste and increase diversion from toxic incinerators and landfills, the City of Boston is partnering with us to undertake a comprehensive public planning process over the next several months! In May, Boston’s Department of Energy, Environment and Open Space secured $150,000 to fund a city-wide Zero Waste planning process. This is a major milestone in building a more just, green Zero Waste economy in Boston.

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Another One Bites the Dust: Access Northeast Expansion Project Withdrawn

Thanks to the support of members like you, another pipeline project has been withdrawn! Like the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, the Spectra Energy (now Enbridge) Access Northeast Expansion (ANE) was large with multiple pieces spread across the region. The proposal included 96 miles of pipeline, a new gas compressor station in Rehoboth, Mass., major upgrades to seven compressor stations in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts, and a massive storage facility with giant storage tanks for nearly 7 billion cubic feet of high pressure, liquefied gas.

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31st of August 2017

Serious Questions Concerning New Power Plant Proposal

Somerset–The Coalition for Clean Air South Coast and several statewide and regional organizations held a press conference today where they raised serious questions and concerns about a new power plant proposal for Somerset. The event was held at 5:30pm outside the Somerset Public Library, immediately before a public meeting at 6pm where Texas-based company GSXI presented plans for a new power plant in Somerset in front of the Somerset Economic Development Committee and a packed room of town residents.

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Community Groups Across the Country Speak Out for Water

Community Groups Across the Country Speak Out for Health Protective PFAS Drinking Water Standards following Saint-Gobain Dropping Lawsuit Against the State of Vermont Montpelier, Vt. — The multinational corporation Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics agreed to dismiss the lawsuit against the State of Vermont challenging the perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (“PFOS”) groundwater standards. This […]

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