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5th of June 2019

Getting the Lead Out of Vermont Schools

Last year, Vermont tested drinking water in 16 schools across the state. Every single test came back with lead at 1 part per billion or higher, exceeding the health recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Maine Town Stands Up to a Polluting Landfill

Hartland is a small, rural town in Maine facing a big environmental problem: a giant, hazardous, polluting sludge landfill. For years, the landfill has been wreaking havoc on the town.


Activists Stop Rhode Island Water Privatization in Major Victory

Water is a basic human right. But when our public water supply is up for lease or sale under private or quasi-public corporations, this public good becomes a commodity that is leased or sold for profit, and everyone pays the price.


Massachusetts Activists Lead the Way for Renewable Energy

Across the region, neighbors are banding together in opposition to fossil fuel projects that threaten their health and  their communities. But the best defense is sometimes a good offense.


30th of May 2019

DEP Presiding Officer Grants Extension to Air Quality Plan Approval Hearing

Today, DEP presiding officer Jane Rothchild granted an extension to the petitioners (FRRACS, the Towns of Weymouth, Braintree, and Hingham, the City of Quincy, and the Hingham 10-residents group) in the appeal against the issuance of the air quality plan approval to Algonquin/Spectra/Enbridge for the Weymouth compressor station.


23rd of May 2019

Our 2018 Annual Report

There’s power in people coming together and fighting for what’s right. Now, more than ever, it’s up to us to take action to change the way things are going. And thanks to you, it’s working. See all that you’ve accomplished and more in our 2018 Annual Report!


21st of May 2019

Stop this incinerator from making a comeback

More than 10 years ago, a biomass incinerator was proposed in Springfield, MA—the asthma capital of the U.S. For almost 10 years, activists led by Arise for Social Justice have kept it from being built through hard-fought organizing and diligent watch-dogging. But now that’s at risk.


16th of May 2019

This isn’t what we mean by renewable energy

Incineration just doesn’t belong in the same category as wind and solar. A clean, renewable energy future means that the energy we produce is good for our health, our climate, and our planet. It’s possible to fuel our towns and cities with energy that doesn’t pollute our air and water, destroy ecosystems, and exacerbate climate change.


Vermont Governor Signs PFAS Protection Law

Conservation Law Foundation, Toxics Action Center and Vermont Natural Resources Council and Vermont Public Interest Research Group released the following statement today after Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed a bill to establish a drinking water standard for five toxic Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS).


8th of May 2019

Community Groups Urge Baker Administration to Provide More Time, Opportunity for Springfield Residents to Weigh in on New Biomass Rules

Yesterday, on World Asthma Day, ten community groups from Springfield and the Greater Pioneer Valley demanded a public hearing in Springfield on the state’s proposal to allow large-scale biomass electric plants to be subsidized as renewable energy.