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New License Plate to Boost Striped Bass Conservation
10:00AM / Sunday, March 06, 2022
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced Massachusetts is now offering a new specialty license plate available through the Registry of Motor Vehicles to promote conservation of striped bass.   The plate was custom designed by Cape Cod artist, Janet Biondi, and depicts a striped bass in pursuit of alewives, one of its favorite forage species. The striped bass license plate is now available to all motorists who are registering a vehicle in the Commonwealth. For motorists who already have a vehicle registered and want this new plate, they can visit Mass.Gov/myRMV to order one.   "Striped bass is the premier game fish in Massachusetts marine waters and an

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EPA Issues Final Decision on $576M Rest of River Cleanup
04:41PM / Thursday, March 03, 2022
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BOSTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday issued its final permit decision obligating the General Electric Co. to perform a cleanup of the so-called "Rest of River" portion of the GE-Pittsfield/Housatonic River Site.   "EPA is requiring GE to move forward with the Rest of River cleanup plan documented in the final permit," said EPA Regional Administrator David W. Cash. "The communities along the Housatonic deserve access to a river free of threats posed by PCBs, and issuing the final permit today is a big step towards that cleanup goal."   The cleanup is estimated to cost $576 million and will take approximately two to three

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EPA New England to Host Public Listening Session
04:06PM / Wednesday, February 23, 2022
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BOSTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a series of public listening sessions on the Draft Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S.    Communities (Lead Strategy), so communities and stakeholders can provide their comments on the Agency's plan. As part of this national engagement process, EPA's Region 1 will host a New England-focused listening session on March 8 at 6:00 p.m.   Ongoing exposures to lead in the environment present a health risk to too many people nationwide. Very low levels of lead in children's blood have been linked to adverse effects on intellect, concentration, and academic achievement. The

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USDA: Agriculture Counts!
By King Whetstone, Regional Director, USDA-NASS, Northeastern Regional Field Office
02:49PM / Tuesday, February 15, 2022
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  As a new year kicks off, our agency reflects on major milestones achieved during 2021. The agricultural community gained two new geospatial decision support tools, and will soon have first-time data on hemp production, conservation practice adoption motivations, farmer demographics, and agroforestry practices.   Also, throughout 2021, we conducted extensive research, development, and live tests of numerous core data collection — and dissemination-related systems. This ongoing work aims to increasingly modernize how we interact with the public, making it easier for farmers and ranchers to ensure their voice is counted and enhance access for all those seeking National

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State Names CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
12:53PM / Tuesday, February 08, 2022
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BOSTON — Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides announced Jennifer Daloisio has been named CEO and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).    MassCEC is dedicated to accelerating the clean energy and climate solution innovation to meet the Commonwealth's climate goals while building a nation-leading clean energy economy in Massachusetts.   "The Baker-Polito Administration continues to make significant strides in achieving Massachusetts' net zero emission goal by 2050, and MassCEC will play a critical role in our ongoing efforts to develop clean energy technologies, build local companies, and

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The Pathway to Zero Waste
01:14PM / Monday, February 07, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elizabeth Saunders, the Massachusetts director of Clean Water Action, will speak at the Pittsfield Green Drinks February event on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.    Elizabeth will talk about how the two ways of disposing of trash, incinerators ("Community Eco Power" in Pittsfield) and landfills, have negative consequences for public health, the environment, and justice.     Elizabeth joined the Clean Water team in January of 2001 and since then has been fighting to prevent harm to human health and the environment from toxic chemicals in our water, homes, workplaces, and communities. Her work has included leading successful

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Berkshire Gas Stations Receive MassEVIP Grants
04:05PM / Friday, February 04, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shell Gas Stations in Cheshire, Great Barrington, and Pittsfield were awarded Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) to install electric vehicle charging ports.    The Baker-Polito Administration announced that $13.1 million in grants have been awarded to 54 government and private entities under the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) to install 306 Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) electric vehicle charging ports at 150 locations.    "Our administration understands the importance of reliable infrastructure supporting the Commonwealths energy future," said Governor Charlie Baker.

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BEAT Wildlife Tracking
08:41AM / Friday, February 04, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Join Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) and Northeast Wildlife Trackers for an evening of track and sign identification based on participants' photos.   Expert trackers will examine submitted photos and discuss features of local wildlife track and sign while they try to uncover the mystery of who made them.    This is a virtual event that will take place on Zoom. Registration is required to join this event.   The event takes place Feb. 9 at 6 pm.   This event is co-sponsored by Northeast Wildlife Trackers and Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT). For more information (and photos) regarding this event, contact Chelsey

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MCLA Green Living Seminar: 'Pittsfield Grey to Green'
04:33PM / Monday, January 31, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Allison Egan, senior planner at the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, will give a talk titled "Pittsfield Grey to Green: Inclusive Planning for Environmental and Climate Justice" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121.     Part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar series, this event is free and open to the public. Please note that masks are required in all buildings on MCLA's campus.    Egan is the emergency preparedness liaison to Berkshire County's town boards of health and is involved in a variety of emergency preparedness activities. She also works on

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State Sets New Regulations For Sewage Discharges
12:32PM / Wednesday, January 26, 2022
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration  announced final regulations establishing rules and procedures requiring permittees to notify the public of untreated or partially treated wastewater, including discharges caused by weather events, into the Commonwealth's surface waters.    Discharges of this nature can have negative health impacts and these new rules will ensure that the public has the most up-to-date information on water quality.   "Our Administration continues to take significant steps to implement these new public notification regulations to ensure both greater transparency and awareness of when discharges into local waterbodies occur,"

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