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11th of December 2017

House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change Oversight Hearing on Proposed APS Biomass Regulations

Environmental experts say that Baker “clean energy” subsidies will increase greenhouse gas and air pollution in Massachusetts. The House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, chaired by Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline), will hold an oversight hearing on Monday at 11 a.m.  on the state’s program to subsidize biomass (wood-burning) heat and power under the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS).


28th of November 2017

Zero Waste Boston Coalition Applauds City Council’s Unanimous Passage of the Plastic Bag Ban

Boston, MA– Earlier today, the Boston City Council voted unanimously to ban the distribution of single use plastic shopping bags in checkout lines. The plastic bag ban will decrease litter and plastic waste that ends up in landfills and incinerators, both of which disproportionately impact communities of color and low income residents. With the passage of the plastic bag ban, Boston joins cities and countries around the world taking leadership to prevent problem plastics and waste. The Zero Waste Boston Coalition (ZWB) supports this measure and applauds its passage.


7th of November 2017

Concerned Community Members and Experts Speak Out Against Wheelabrator Concord Company’s Air Pollution Permit at Public Hearing

Every day the Wheelabrator incinerator burns approximately 575 tons of household garbage, commercial trash, and ‘light’ industrial and ‘special’ wastes. More than 5 million tons of trash have been burned in Concord since the incinerator opened in 1989, resulting in over a million tons of toxic ash and air pollution impacting a wide area. According to the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, “All incinerators pose considerable risk to the health and environment of neighboring communities as well as that of the general population.”


28th of October 2017

While Trump Administration Pushes Fossil Fuels in Bonn, Group Demands that Charlie Baker ‘Stand Up!’

Fifty local organizations are supporting a standout and delivery of a letter to Governor Charlie Baker at his Springfield office on Thursday, November 16, at 12:15 pm. The “Stand Up, Charlie!” action demands that Baker not follow the lead of the Trump Administration and, instead, act now to cut greenhouse gas emissions responsible for catastrophic climate change. All of the nations of the world but one are supporting the United Nations Climate Accord, as President Trump has threatened to pull out this summer. Contrary to the intent of the gathering, Trump has sent a delegation to the yearly Conference of Parties in Bonn, Germany, to promote coal, gas and nuclear energy.


15th of October 2017

Support Pipeline Resisters Nate Palmer and Karen Bixler at the Middlebury Courthouse

Fracked gas from Canada may be flowing through the Vermont Gas System’s (VGS) 41 mile pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury, Vermont, but the fight to stop it from continuing to Rutland County and south from there to a global market, has not. On Thursday, October 26th at 8:30 AM at the Middlebury, VT Courthouse, Nathan Palmer and Karen Bixler, who are charged with trespassing on a VGS pipeline site, will defend themselves in court.


11th of October 2017

Securing a Safe North Branford, Connecticut

Propane facilities pose substantial safety risks – which is why North Branford’s zoning regulations banned them. However, when a propane company wanted to build a facility on land owned by a town councilman, the town changed the rules without consulting its citizens. Residents quickly united to gather over 1,000 signatures requesting a referendum. That’s when community activists from North Branford Citizens Against Bulk Propane called Toxics Action Center.


New England’s Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant Retires

On May 31st, Brayton Point coal plant, the largest fossil fuel power plant in all of New England, retired permanently. Toxics Action Center first started working with residents in ​Somerset, Mass. a decade ago, and at the time, the town of 18,000 was home to two coal-fired power plants which represented nearly half the community’s tax base.


Maine Communities Fight for Local Control of Water

At Toxics Action Center, we believe that access to clean water is a human right. This puts us at odds with some powerful interests that are making lots of money by commodifying water. The Swiss corporation Nestlé is one such interest. On the international scene, they have lobbied against water rights and their CEO is on the record as stating “access to water should not be a public right.” On the local level, they are making moves in the state of Maine to control and sell more water under their brand name Poland Spring.


Boston Takes Big Strides towards Zero Waste

Zero Waste Boston has great news from this summer: following the coalition’s seven year campaign to move Boston towards policies and programs that reduce waste and increase diversion from toxic incinerators and landfills, the City of Boston is partnering with us to undertake a comprehensive public planning process over the next several months! In May, Boston’s Department of Energy, Environment and Open Space secured $150,000 to fund a city-wide Zero Waste planning process. This is a major milestone in building a more just, green Zero Waste economy in Boston.


Another One Bites the Dust: Access Northeast Expansion Project Withdrawn

Thanks to the support of members like you, another pipeline project has been withdrawn! Like the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, the Spectra Energy (now Enbridge) Access Northeast Expansion (ANE) was large with multiple pieces spread across the region. The proposal included 96 miles of pipeline, a new gas compressor station in Rehoboth, Mass., major upgrades to seven compressor stations in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts, and a massive storage facility with giant storage tanks for nearly 7 billion cubic feet of high pressure, liquefied gas.