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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

Ban on ‘fracked gas’ eyed in Chesterfield

Thursday, April 3, 2014

CHESTERFIELD — Although Chesterfield is not one of the towns a proposed natural gas pipeline is expected to traverse, organizers there say they want to ask the town to adopt a resolution opposing fracking. About 50 people showed … 0

The Regulators: MassDEP enforcement notes

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Park serve day April 26 The Department of Conservation and Recreation invites people to its eighth annual park serve day April 26 across the state. Online registration is available at www.mass.gov/dcr/parkserve for those who want to register in advance. With the help of volunteers, the department will spruce … 0

Hampshire Council of Governments boosts solar installations with energy credit program

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Joseph J. Kearns says he has not sent a payment to the electric company for two years. After nurturing a lifelong interest in alternative energy, the Middlefield resident installed solar panels at his 19th-century farmhouse in 2012. And … 0

Judge’s ruling may stop ‘back dumping’ of stormwater into Lake Okeechobee

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lake Okeechobee may no longer be the dumping ground for polluted water that washes off South Florida sugar cane fields and other farmland, after a federal judge’s decision. Environmentalists are declaring victory in their long-standing legal fight to stop “back pumping,” the flood-control practice that pumps polluted stormwater … 0

UN report ratchets up warnings on climate change

Monday, March 31, 2014

YOKOHAMA, Japan — If the world doesn’t cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral “out of control,” the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday. And he’s not alone. … 0

Trust for Public Land has been active in Hampshire County

Saturday, March 29, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The protection of the Northfield Forest is the latest of many conservation projects organized by the Trust for Public Land. The trust announced last week that it had reached an agreement with Northfield Mount Hermon School to keep the 1,650-acre Northfield Forest off the market. Also … 0

Water bears: Minuscule but mighty beasties

Friday, March 28, 2014

Last summer, I had a close encounter with bears. A sow and her two yearling cubs ambled across my yard in Florence. (I quietly put down my gardening tools and stood stock-still as they made their way into … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, March 28, 2014

SNOW BUNTING PORTRAIT Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Either puffed up against the cold, or pleasingly plump from success in finding many kernels of corn, this content-looking snow bunting paused … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, March 28, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. The variety and number of water birds in the region continues to be spectacular. Most often reported were mute swan, northern pintail, American wigeon, … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, March 28, 2014

■∎ Invasive Plant Workshop — Franklin Land Trust sponsors morning presentation and field trip on April 5, 10 a.m., Franklin Land Trust, 5 Mechanic St., Shelburne Falls. Free. Preregistration required; call 625-9151 or email jmorse@franklinlandtrust.org. ■∎  Woodcock Workshop and Bonfire — Franklin Land Trust sponsors evening exploration of wildlife management … 0