In a part of Massachusetts strong in solar power, the city of Holyoke is helping to lead the way, according to a new report released today by Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center. Holyoke has 4,527.00 kilowatts of installed photovoltaic capacity, ranking it second in the Commonwealth – behind only Boston, despite having less than 10% of the populations of the Bay State’s capital.
Thirteen cities and towns in Massachusetts have passed a resolution in support of a bill that would expand the use of solar energy in the Commonwealth. Greenfield, North Adams, Otis, Egremont, Williamstown, Cummington, Ashfield, Charlemont, Conway, Heath, Monterey, Great Barrington, and Salem have all signed onto a coalition letter in support of the bill.
The drinking water for 4.8 million people in Massachusetts could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at nuclear power plants in the region, says a new report released today by the MASSPIRG Education Fund and Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center
MASSPIRG Education Fund and the Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center representatives will be joined by local advocates and public health experts near the Pilgrim nuclear power plant to release a new report which includes data on how the plant is a threat to the drinking water for the Commonwealth.
Today Interior Secretary Ken Salazar protected the Grand Canyon from toxic mining. After more than 2 years of environmental analysis and receiving nearly 300,000 public comments from the American people, environmental and conservation groups, the outdoor recreation industry, mayors and tribal leaders, Secretary Salazar withdrew more than 1 million acres of land around the canyon from new mining claims for the next twenty years.
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