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VICTORY: ATLANTIC COAST PROTECTED FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING

The Atlantic Coast won a major victory when the Obama administration abandoned its plans to open the southern Atlantic to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time in decades. Leading up to the announcement, Environment America and colleagues presented Obama officials with letters signed by more than 1,000 East Coast businesses opposed to the drilling proposal.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

President Obama and EPA protect public health, announce landmark mercury standard for power plants

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued new public health standards to protect everyone from emissions of mercury and other toxics from the nation’s dirtiest power plants.  

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Oldest, dirtiest power plants told to clean up

The EPA announced new regulations yesterday that will force all power plants to control mercury and other toxic pollutants for the first time. Health advocates said the move was long overdue. The new standards will rein in the largest remaining source of uncontrolled toxic pollution in the United States - the emissions from the nation’s coal- and oil-fired power plants, which have been allowed to run for decades without addressing their full environmental and public health costs.

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News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Environment Massachusetts Calls Permanent Ban on Logging around State Drinking Water Sources

Environment Massachusetts released a new whitepaper today calling on the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to permanently halt all clear-cutting on state owned land in the Quabbin Reservoir watershed.

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News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Boston Harbor Islands Visitor Numbers Soar, Still Lack Proper Funding

 As the visiting season for the Boston Harbor Islands comes to a close this week, park officials are touting the big crowds while worrying about what the next year may have in store. Despite the high turnout, budget cuts are leaving parks like the Boston Harbor Islands with shovel-ready projects still waiting for funding. 

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News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Landmark Clean Water Announcement

Environment Massachusetts hailed the Obama administration for releasing a proposed guidance that, if adopted, would restore Clean Water Act protections to vital streams across Massachusetts and protect Bay Staters drinking water.  In response to the announcement, Environment  Massachusetts is launching a major initiative to build support for clean water protections.

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