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18th of February 2021

Baker, No Biomass: Springfield residents gather at Baker’s office to protest biomass rules rollback

Western Massachusetts residents spoke out against Governor Baker’s energy regulation rollbacks on Wednesday to protect their communities from a toxic biomass plant proposed for Springfield.

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17th of February 2021

COALITION CALLS ON GOVERNOR TO TAKE ACTIONAS STATE FINALIZES THE NEW TEN YEAR PLAN FOR WASTE, NEW REPORT PROVIDES ROADMAP TO ZERO WASTE

In a letter to the Governor, along with a report release, the coalition Zero Waste Massachusetts points out that landfills are leaking into drinking water wells, like in Southbridge, cancer-causing dioxins are spewing out of incinerator smokestacks in Saugus, the amount of trash we produce has dire public health consequences, and another course must be charted.

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1st of February 2021

CENTERING COMMUNITY VOICES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN VERMONT

Since 2017, we’ve been addressing the need for environmental justice (EJ) policies in Vermont, working with state agencies and community groups to identify issues and solutions to protect the people who are most vulnerable to environmental threats—all too often Black and Indigenous people, people of color and people from poor communities.

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Cartoon by Steve Meyers

BUILDING MOMENTUM TO CLOSE MAINE’S WASTE LOOPHOLE

The state’s largest landfill is located among working class communities and threatens fishing and hunting for members of the Penobscot Nation. And, thanks to a giant loophole, a lot of the trash that ends up in that landfill comes from outside of the state.

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AFTER GAS EXPLOSIONS, NEIGHBORS WIN A STEP TOWARD CLEAN ENERGY

Neighbors in Lawrence, Massachusetts, know firsthand what’s wrong with fracked gas. In September 2018, gas pipeline explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover destroyed homes, injured nearly two dozen people and took one life.

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MASS., N.H. COMMUNITY LEADERS WIN STRONGEST DRINKING WATER PROTECTIONS IN THE COUNTRY

When everyday people in Massachusetts and New Hampshire learned that their drinking water was contaminated with toxic PFAS chemicals, they decided to do something about it. And now, they have won some of the strongest drinking water protections in the country.

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28th of January 2021

Firefighters contaminated: Ayesha’s story

“We need to remove these chemicals from the gear that is supposed to protect them. We cannot let another family go through this.”

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Decades after contamination: Hope and Joanne’s story

“My exposure may have actually caused cancer in my child.”

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From cancer to community: Stel’s story

“We deserve to know what is in our water, to help prevent tragedies like what my family experienced. Now’s our chance to take action and help save lives.”

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Poisoned well water: Sandy’s story

“People are being contaminated by this and have no idea. We don’t have time to wait.”

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