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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

Concerns raised over decommissioning of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant

Thursday, March 27, 2014

SUNDERLAND — With the Vermont Public Service Board due to decide in a few days on terms of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant continuing to operate until year’s end, a nuclear expert expressed concern this week about an … 0

Northfield Mount Hermon sells 1,650-acre forest and water company to Trust for Public Land

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — An expansive local forest, as well as the water company that serves at least 250 residents, could end up in the hands of a national land trust. The Northfield Mount Hermon School announced March 26 the tentative sale of a 1,650-acre forest and the East Northfield … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Big Night’ at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Did you know that wood frogs can tolerate the freezing of their blood and other tissues and that they use this cryogenic capability to survive in soil and leaf litter during the winter? The frogs then depend on … 0

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation gives $445,000 to Connecticut River watershed projects

Monday, March 24, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Seven Connecticut River watershed projects are getting over $445,000 in grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. It’s the 12th round of grants awarded from the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, created as part of a 1997 settlement agreement between the parties … 0

Cooler-than-usual spring forecast across northern US

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The first day of spring? Some people in Maine were shoveling 6 inches of new snow. And in Michigan, college students couldn’t even burn a snowman. Ok, so it was a fake snowman. But it was real snow … 0

Scientists revive Antarctic moss after 1,500-year ‘deep freeze’

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In what they are calling the most extreme case of frozen plant regeneration ever documented, scientists are claiming to have regrown shoots of Antarctic moss that were trapped beneath layers of ice and frost for more than 1,500 years. In a paper published Monday in the journal Current … 0

Earthquake strongly felt across LA

Monday, March 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES — A predawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin Monday, rattling nerves and shaking buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but causing no major damage. The 4.4-magnitude quake was centered 2 miles from … 0

Emerald ash borer spreading faster than expected in Berkshire County

Monday, March 17, 2014

DALTON (AP) — State environmental officials say the invasive, tree-killing emerald ash borer is spreading faster than anticipated within Berkshire County and now poses a greater threat to eastern Massachusetts. Nearly 18 months after the Department of Conservation and Recreation first detected it in Dalton, the metallic green … 0

Fight to save Southeast hemlocks takes new tack

Sunday, March 16, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — A beetle the size of a single grain of rice is the latest best hope for hemlocks in the Southeast that have been felled by the millions by an invasive bug. The beetle eats only … 0

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust asks governor to block natural gas pipeline on state land

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is asking Gov. Deval Patrick to ensure that the path of a planned natural gas pipeline is kept off all state-owned and state-protected conservation land. “Land protected for long-term public health and conservation purposes must not be sacrificed for short-term private financial gain,” … 0