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Environment

Entergy proposes eliminating emergency planning zone after Vermont Yankee shuts down

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant want to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding its reactor after it ceases operation at the end of this year. The zone, which includes portions of Northfield, Bernardston, Gill, Greenfield, Leyden, Colrain, and Warwick in Massachusetts as well as 11 towns in Vermont and New Hampshire, is no longer needed, Christopher J. Wamser , the nuclear operations … 0

Appeals court upholds EPA limits on air toxicity

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that the rule “was substantively and procedurally … 0

Recalling earlier controversy over proposed natural gas pipeline through Franklin County

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The echoes of proposed pipeline activity through Franklin County 37 years ago are almost haunting in similarity to today’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline controversy. The Tennessee Atlantic Pipeline Co. proposal for a 500-mile natural gas pipeline through more than half a dozen county towns between New Brunswick and Pennsylvania, and area residents’ reaction to the way the project was presented, bears striking resemblance to … 0

TransCanada Corp. to move guardrails, reducing parking for tubing, boating near Stillwater Bridge in Deerfield

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DEERFIELD — Parking near Stillwater Bridge for people who want to go tubing, boating or fishing on the Deerfield River will be more challenging this summer. TransCanada Corp., the hydro-electric company that owns part of Deerfield River bank … 1

Navy rescues ailing baby, family from crippled boat

Sunday, April 6, 2014

SAN DIEGO — U.S. sailors rescued an American family with an ill 1-year-old from a sailboat that broke down hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast — boarding them Sunday onto a San Diego-bound Navy ship so the … 0

Guard blasts Royal Dutch Shell for ignoring 2012 Arctic rig risks

Friday, April 4, 2014

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard investigation into the 2012 grounding of the Kulluk, an offshore drilling rig operated by Royal Dutch Shell in the harsh Arctic, blasted the oil company for legal violations, poor management and taking undue risks, according to the final report released Thursday. The Kulluk … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, April 4, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Migrating waterfowl still hold the stage in the valley with flocks of up to thousands of Canada Geese being seen. Also being reported are … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, April 4, 2014

LAPLAND LONGSPUR Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Never having seen them before, I first thought these little birds sharing the cornfield off Cemetery Road in Hadley with horned larks and … 0

Assessing the environmental impact of ‘K-Cups’

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What is the environmental impact of those “K-Cups” everyone seems to be using nowadays to make coffee at both home and office? — Chris B., Stamford, Conn. K-Cups — those little one-serving coffee containers that allow … 0

Informational meetings planned about Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, April 4, 2014

Informational meetings are planned about the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s “Northeast Expansion” project and several towns are circulating resolutions either opposing the proposed gas pipeline route or asserting that state and local regulations should apply. The Montague Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday with representatives … 0

Conference examines socioeconomic impact of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant closing

Thursday, April 3, 2014

PUTNEY, Vt. — The owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant should have put money into a separate economic development decommissioning fund, as well as its $622 million plant deconstruction fund, critics suggested Wednesday. They spoke during a conference on how to cope with the socioeconomic fallout … 0

Ocean garbage frustrates search for Flight 370

Thursday, April 3, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Sometimes the object spotted in the water is a snarled fishing line. Or a buoy. Or something that might once have been the lid to an ice box. Not once — not yet at … 0

To slim down, it helps to get up early and see the light

Thursday, April 3, 2014

LOS ANGELES — To maximize your chances of fighting flab, new research offers some simple advice: Wake up early and go outside. People who loaded up on light exposure at the beginning of the day were most likely to have a lower body mass index, according to a … 0