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News Release | Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center

At Massachusetts’ beaches, unsafe water could make you sick

With summer in full swing, environmental advocates released a new report showing potentially unsafe levels of pollution at more than 200 beach locations in Massachusetts last year.

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News Release | Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center

Report features leading clean energy communities

Cities and towns are taking ambitious steps to increase renewable electricity generation, reduce energy use, and shift heating and transportation to clean sources of power, according to a new report from the Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center.

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News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Advocates and civic leaders ask energy committee to advance 100% renewable commitment

At a hearing before the Legislature’s energy committee today, environmental advocates and community leaders voiced their support for a statewide commitment to 100% renewable sources of energy.

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News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Committee advances bills requiring solar panels on new buildings

Two bills that would require rooftop solar panels to be installed on new residential, commercial, and government buildings were advanced by a key committee in the Legislature last week.

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News Release | Environment America

House passes sweeping PFAS protections: 2025 ban on military use, Superfund cleanup and clean water safeguards

The U.S. House approved a host of provisions today to address widespread drinking water contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The annual defense spending bill would phase out the military’s use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams by 2025 — a major source of drinking water contamination. The bill would also designate all PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under Superfund and toxic pollutants under the Clean Water Act, spurring cleanup and reducing discharges into waterways, respectively.

Both chambers have now incorporated our request to rapidly phase out the military’s use of PFAS. This is what communities and service members deserve. The House wants this phaseout by 2025, while the Senate says 2023. We are gratified to see this Congressional race to the top.

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