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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

Mount Grace Land Trust joins effort to establish first open-to-all green cemetery in Massachusetts

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The “grace” in Mount Grace Land Trust’s name may be taking on new meaning, as the conservation organization has joined in a new Green Cemetery Initiative. Working with the Green Burial Committee of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, March 14, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Migrant birds reported on the Connecticut River included northern pintails, ring-necked ducks, bufflehead, common goldeneyes, hooded mergansers and common mergansers. Early arriving land birds included bald … 0

Calculus of the seasons

Friday, March 14, 2014

Next Thursday, March 20, is the day known in the northern hemisphere as the vernal equinox, when day and night are approximately equal in length. According to our calendars, this is the day spring begins. (In the southern … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, March 14, 2014

■ Tennis for Seniors — Takes place Fridays from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Bay Road Tennis Club, Hampshire College, West St. (Route 116), Amherst. All abilities welcome. Call 559-5785 to sign up. ■ Bartholomew’s Cobble Hot Chocolate Saturdays — Day of winter programs and snowshoe hikes takes place March 15 … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, March 14, 2014

SNOW BUNTING Honey Pot area, off Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley I had my “ahh” moment” of the day when I saw the result of this image capture. While the … 0

Activists ask Pelham Conservation Commission to back ban on ‘fracking’

Thursday, March 13, 2014

PELHAM — Several residents have taken the first step toward making Pelham among the first communities in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing — the practice of drilling underground for natural gas or oil, commonly known as “fracking.” … 2

People’s Pint brews ‘Shortnose Stout’ to help fight extinction of prehistoric fish in Connecticut River

Thursday, March 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Local environmentalists are trying to raise awareness about the endangered shortnose sturgeon one pint glass at a time. On Sunday, the People’s Pint will debut its “Shortnose Stout,” with the hope that the new Irish-style beer … 0

Pileups on snowy Ohio Turnpike leave 3 dead

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio — Pileups on the Ohio Turnpike involving at least 50 vehicles killed three people and seriously injured a state trooper on Wednesday as a late-winter storm swept through the Midwest and the Northeast, ending a fleeting … 0

Four stranded dolphins released from Cape Cod

Thursday, March 6, 2014

PROVINCETOWN (AP) — Marine wildlife rescuers say they have released four common male dolphins beached at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown. One dolphin was already dead when rescuers arrived on the scene Thursday morning. Brian Sharp, stranding coordinator for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, says … 0

Tennessee Gas Pipeline plans for Franklin, Berkshire counties generate groundswell of concern

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HATFIELD — Plans for a Tennessee Gas Pipeline through Franklin and Berkshire counties have regional planners and state legislators seeking answers about the process, but landowners and local activists who oppose the project are not waiting to organize. … 10