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Seniors disrupt State House budget talks, deliver policy demands
April 24, 2012
By Kyle Cheney and Michael Norton, Mass Live
Senior citizens frustrated with the Legislature's handling of transportation and other public policy issues disrupted House budget deliberations Tuesday, prompting House leaders to declare a recess and instruct court officers to clear the public gallery of protesters.
DEP grants permit for proposed Brockton power plant
State siting board deals Brockton power plant a blow
The Ugly Truth: Mass. Superfund Sites Still Toxic Nearly 30 Years And More Than $1B Later
May 22, 2011
by Beverly Ford, WBUR
In all his years as an attorney, Jan Schlichtmann has had few lawsuits so profoundly affect him as a 1982 case involving eight Woburn families and a public water supply contaminated by toxic chemicals. Profiled in numerous newspaper, television and radio accounts along with the movie “A Civil Action” starring John Travolta, the lawsuit became a watershed event in environmental politics for Massachusetts and the nation.
Yet today, nearly 30 years after that landmark court case, the wells that supplied both toxic drinking water and a legacy of cancer to Woburn remain contaminated despite a $21 million cleanup effort. And no one, not even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which monitors the site as part of the federal Superfund program, knows whether humans are still being exposed to its witch’s brew of chemicals, federal records show.
Disagreement over future of East Boston site
October 15, 2010
By Eugene Benson and Staci Rubin, Boston Globe
Your Oct. 4 editorial “On Chelsea Creek, city should pursue jobs amid conservation’’ rightly recognizes the appeal of the Chelsea Creek Action Group’s proposal for wetland restoration at the former Hess site in East Boston, and that industrial uses of the site raise environmental justice concerns. However, it is wrong to suggest that East Boston residents face a jobs-or-environment decision or that green industry on the site will yield anything economically viable.
Residents battle city over the future of Chelsea Creek
September 12, 2010
By Chris Burrell, Boston Globe
A group of East Boston and Chelsea residents is battling the city over the future of seven acres of dilapidated land on Chelsea Creek and rallying support for its hope of returning the former fuel tank farm to a pristine wetlands.
Task force opposing Brockton power facility to draft bill temporarily halting new plants
December 10, 2009
Sandra Churchill, The Enterprise
WEST BRIDGEWATER —Writing new legislation to temporarily halt all construction of fossil-fuel power plants in Massachusetts is the next step for the a regional task force in its efforts to halt the proposed Brockton power plant...
West Bridgewater: Regional task force meets on proposed Brockton power plant
December 10, 2009
An attorney who's opposing a 350-megawatt natural gas power plant proposed off Oak Hill Way in Brockton near the West Bridgewater line is recommending that a regional task force on the power plant endorse three legislative bills to try to stop it.