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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.

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America's Biggest Mercury Polluters:

Power plants continue to release large amounts of toxic pollutants, including mercury, into our air. In 2010, two-thirds of all airborne mercury pollution in the United States came from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. In other words, power plants generate more airborne mercury pollution than all other industrial sources combined.*

Mercury is a potent neurotoxicant. Mercury exposure during critical periods of brain development can contribute to irreversible deficits in verbal skills, damage to attention and motor control, and reduced IQ.

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Toxic Waterways:

 Coal-fired power plants are the single largest source of mercury pollution in the United States. Emissions from these plants eventually make their way into Massachusetts’ waterways, contaminating fish and wildlife. Many of Massachusetts’ waterways are under advisory because of mercury contamination. Eating contaminated fish is the main source of human exposure to mercury. Mercury pollution poses enormous public health threats.

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Springfield smoggiest Mass. city in 2010

The nonprofit Environment Massachusetts has released a new report showing that Springfield residents were exposed to air pollution that exceeded federal safety standards on a total of five days last year.  

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State Senator Finegold Supports Energy Efficiency

Environment Massachusetts and State Senator Barry Finegold met with local residents Monday for a discussion on legislative priorities and tools to help residents save money and green their own homes.  The Environment Massachusetts legislative agenda includes bills to reduce Massachusetts reliance on oil, improve the energy efficiency of buildings and promote the construction of more solar electricity.

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