News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Mass. Senate approves efficiency standards for appliances

Household and commercial appliances would use less energy and water, saving money for consumers and reducing impacts on the environment, under a bill passed today by the Massachusetts Senate.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Baker's climate goal not much of a step forward

In his State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker announced a goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Ben Hellerstein, State Director for Environment Massachusetts, said, "While Governor Baker is touting his climate goal as a big step forward, it may represent little to no progress over the state's existing commitments."

News Release | Environment America

Statement: House passes suite of clean water safeguards on “forever chemicals”

The U.S. House approved a bipartisan measure today to protect America’s water and air from toxic “forever chemicals” best known by the acronym PFAS. The PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535) passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 247–159. Environment America has long advocated for stronger protections on PFAS as part of its No Toxics On Tap campaign. The national nonpartisan organization successfully worked with Congress last year to phase out the military’s use of these chemicals in firefighting foams under the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. While that phaseout was a significant step, the PFAS Action Act takes further action to curtail continuing sources of pollution to water and air as well as establish new provisions to clean up existing contamination.

News Release | Environment America

Congress compels military to phase out PFAS but misses key opportunity

The U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan measure today compelling the Pentagon to stop using PFAS-containing firefighting foams by 2024. Both chambers of Congress have now approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the President is expected to sign into law before the end of the year. Negotiators notably omitted provisions to address PFAS pollution under Superfund and the Clean Water Act, both of which passed unanimously in the House bill.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Labor leaders, business executives, and student activists discuss transition to 100% renewable energy

Among growing calls for a transition away from fossil fuels, a diverse group of stakeholders gathered at the State House yesterday to discuss how to power Massachusetts with 100% clean, renewable sources of energy.

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