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Connecticut River Watershed Council raises cocnerns about water discharge permit for Vermont Yankee

Saturday, September 13, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources is scheduled to issue a new water discharge permit later this month for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, even though the plant will be a few months away from permanently shutting down by then. Still, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which had fought in the courts for years to protect migrating fish and other river species, is warning that the draft …

Scientists say ozone layer is recovering

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Earth’s protective but fragile ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet. Scientists said the development demonstrates …

Kinder Morgan has 15 days to answer Deerfield Board of Health questions about proposed natural gas pipeline

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DEERFIELD — Kinder Morgan has 15 days to respond to concerns raised by the town’s Board of Health before it meets to evaluate the safety of the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline and decide whether it should be allowed to pass through the town. During a public hearing Tuesday night, the board presented a series of exhibits, mostly news articles concerning Kinder Morgan’s …

CO2 pollution levels at record high in 2013

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

GENEVA — Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. The heat-trapping gas blamed for the largest share of …

Deerfield Board of Health to hold hearing on Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Board of Health will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss whether the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline would present an “unacceptable health danger” to the town. The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Frontier Regional School. Cristobal Bonifaz, a …

Global warming a threat to many birds’ habitats, Audubon reports

Monday, September 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — As the world gets warmer, the Baltimore oriole will no longer be found in Maryland. The Mississippi kite will move north, east and pretty much out of its namesake state. And the California gull will mostly …

Phoenix swamped by rainfall

Monday, September 8, 2014

PHOENIX — The remnants of Hurricane Norbert pushed into the desert Southwest and swamped Phoenix with record rainfall for a single day, turning freeways into small lakes and sending rescuers scrambling to get drivers out of inundated cars. …

Two hit by lightning on Mass. beach

Sunday, September 7, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Ipswich police say two women who were struck by lightning remain in critical condition. Police on Sunday did not identify the women who were injured while at a beach during severe storms on Saturday. Police said one woman is 69 and is from Concord, and …

Great white shark may have attacked kayakers

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PLYMOUTH (AP) — Authorities say two women in kayaks taking photographs of seals were attacked by what appears to be a great white shark off Plymouth. They were not injured. WCVB-TV reports the women, both in their 20s, were about 150 yards off White Horse Beach in Plymouth …

Halliburton to pay $1.1B settlement in 2010 gulf spill

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Halliburton has agreed to a $1.1 billion settlement stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that spewed more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and killed 11 people, attorneys for the company and plaintiffs said Tuesday. The settlement seeks to put …

Sandy-hit village wrestles with keeping beach private

Monday, September 1, 2014

ASHAROKEN, N.Y. — On a tiny spit of land off Long Island, the wealthy village of Asharoken faces a dilemma borne of Superstorm Sandy. Either it accepts millions of dollars in federal aid to build a protective sand …

Groups: Monarch butterfly endangered

Monday, September 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — A coalition of environmental and food-safety groups is asking the Fish and Wildlife Service to grant endangered species protection to the monarch butterfly, whose U.S. population, the groups say, last year fell to 90 percent below …

Low-level tornado touches down in Worcester

Monday, September 1, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down briefly in Worcester. Forecasters said it was the lowest rating on the tornado scale, with winds at about 85 mph in a storm that swept through on Sunday night. The tornado began at about 8:10 …