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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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Blog Post

Progress on energy efficiency legislation | Ben Hellerstein

It's often been said that the first step toward 100% renewable energy is to use energy more efficiently. That's why I'm thrilled that the Legislature's energy committee approved four bills to reduce wasted energy last week, among the first energy legislation to advance this year.

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News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Energy efficiency bills advance

Four bills approved by the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy last week would reduce wasted energy, investigate how to increase the availability of energy efficiency programs to low-income households, and accelerate the adoption of clean heating technologies.

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