Report | Environment Massachusetts

Less Shelter from the Storm

With recent massive hurricanes pummeling our coasts, we need to do more to protect our communities. We need to make them less susceptible to flooding, sewage overflows and leaks from toxic waste sites, and, of course, we need to prevent even more intense global warming fueled extreme weather in the future. Unfortunately, as detailed below, pending budget proposals from the Trump administration and Congress threaten key programs that protect our communities. Rather than protecting our most vulnerable communities, budget proposals on the table in Washington, D.C. right now would threaten coastal resiliency, remove protections for flood-absorbing wetlands, neglect funding for stormwater and sewage treatment, and expose more Americans to toxic chemicals.

Friday morning at 5 a.m. The sky is dark, but the roads are clear and I’m just a few miles away from my AirBnb in Murfreesboro, Tennessee — valuables, pup and nourishment in tow. After 18 hours of driving, I’m exhausted but grateful to be out of harm’s way.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Senator Markey receives environmental champion award

Today, Environment Massachusetts gave Senator Ed Markey an Environmental Champion Award for his commitment to protecting our environment and public health. The Senator received a 100% on the environmental scorecard for his overwhelming support of clean air, clean water, and open spaces.

Report | Environment Massachusetts

Massachusetts Energy and Environment Report Card

Now more than ever, states need to lead on environmental and energy issues. This assessment evaluates how the Baker administration is performing in managing the state's environmental and energy programs.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Baker administration gets "C" grade for environmental protection

As Earth Day approaches and environmental protection is in the crosshairs at the federal level, seven leading environmental organizations released a report card grading the second year of the Baker administration on its environmental policies and leadership. The administration received the mediocre grade of "C."

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Trump order threatens Massachusetts' rivers, streams

Today, President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its defense of the Clean Water Rule in federal court.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

It's time to get the lead out of school drinking water

Citing growing evidence of pervasive lead contamination in schools’ drinking water, a coalition of lawmakers, public health, community, and environmental leaders today launched a new Get the Lead Out campaign.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Environmental groups to sue Casella Waste Systems over pollution from Southbridge, Mass., landfill

Toxics Action Center and Environment Massachusetts announced today that they have sent a formal notice of intent to sue Casella Waste Systems, Southbridge Recycling & Disposal Park, and the Town of Southbridge over the contamination of drinking water and a nearby stream and wetlands by the Southbridge Landfill.

Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Get the Lead Out

Over the past two years, the tragedy of Flint, Michigan has stunned the nation. We watched the drinking water of an entire city become contaminated with lead. And now we know this toxic threat extends well beyond Flint to communities across the country. In fact, test results now show that lead is even contaminating drinking water in schools and pre-schools — flowing from thousands of fountains and faucets where our kids drink water every day.

News Release | Environment America

Clean water wins as Congress rejects budget rider

Due to overwhelming public support, the Clean Water Rule has now withstood every attack that polluters could muster in Congress - the Barrasso bill, the CRA measure, and now an attempted budget rider.  Polluters and their allies have played all their dirty water cards in Congress and lost.   

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