Stories

It’s the time of year New England allergy-sufferers dread. Here are tips to help you prepare for spring

April 12, 2022

Sneezing. Scratchy eyes. Car windshields caked with yellow-green buildup. These are the signs of spring that New England allergy-sufferers (including this reporter) greet with disdain. Despite heralding the triumphant return of our local plant life, these gifts feel more like lumps of coal. We’re early in the pollen season here in the Northeast, with most trees…

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Vermont organic industry celebrates change in federal dairy rule

March 30, 2022

Members of Vermont’s organic industry are celebrating after the U.S. Department of Agriculture closed a loophole in dairy standards. The USDA Origin of Livestock rule outlines how organic dairy farms can source the cows they use to produce milk. Generally, organic dairy farms can only transition cows from conventional care — using antibiotics and cheaper, non-organic feed…

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As New England winters warm, moose are getting overwhelmed by winter ticks. Some scientists say hunting could help.

March 30, 2022

On a cold, sunny day in a remote part of Vermont’s rugged Northeast Kingdom, Nick Fortin — Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s lead moose biologist — holds onto his snowmobile helmet as he gestures to some young trees. The new growth from logging at this spot, in addition to its remote and mountainous setting, makes for…

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Corrie Folson-O'Keefe of Audubon Connecticut (right) and Suzanne Paton (left) of the U.S. Fish and Wildfire Service trudge through the mud in the Great Meadows Marsh in Stratford, Conn. The marsh is being regraded by a company specializing in marsh restoration as the federal government works with the Audubon Society to increase the marsh's resiliency.

New England once took salt marshes for granted. But the tides are changing

March 28, 2022

Plunked on a southern New England shoreline is an understated and misunderstood ecosystem: Great Meadows Marsh in Stratford, Conn. For decades, that site was treated as an ugly nuisance, but it’s the focus of a $4 million restoration project aiming to make the coast more resilient to climate change. Rick Potvin, manager of the Stewart…

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The state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town.

Maine’s landfill is meant for in-state waste. Here’s how Massachusetts and NH are filling it up

March 22, 2022

Every day, dozens of trucks loaded with waste drive through the gates of Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town. Near the entrance, they’re greeted by a sign listing banned items, including refrigerators, propane tanks and dead animals. And at the bottom, in large red letters, is a warning: “Juniper Ridge Landfill only accepts waste generated…

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A space remains open for an electric vehicle at a EV charging station in Monterey Park, California on May 18, 2021.

Electric vehicle rebates for lower-income buyers go virtually unused in Connecticut

March 20, 2022

A Connecticut-run incentive designed to help low- to middle-income buyers purchase an electric vehicle continues to struggle. New data show income-eligible rebates accounted for only about 1% of all rebates issued through the state’s Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program. “That’s not a significant uptake,” said Anthony Cherolis, who is with the…

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A photo of lead pipes.

Feds roll out plan seeking to replace every lead pipe in New England

March 16, 2022

The six New England states will soon receive more than $200 million from the federal government to replace lead pipes in the region’s drinking water system. The allocation is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was signed by President Biden last year. The overall law targets $15 billion toward replacing every lead pipe in the country’s…

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Lawmakers consider $100 million fund for Maine farms affected by PFAS. But is it enough?

March 15, 2022

Maine lawmakers heard hours of testimony this week in support of a proposal to create a $100 million fund to help the growing number of Maine farms that are discovering so-called “forever chemicals” in their water or on their land. But some advocates are warning that massive sum of money still may not be enough.…

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Cans of Haze double IPA packed up in increments of 10, the maximum limit each customer can purchase.

Modernizing the bottle recycling program in Mass. would have big benefits, report finds

March 15, 2022

Massachusetts could cut down on plastic litter, create less garbage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save cities and towns millions of dollars every year by modernizing the way it recycles beverage containers, according to a new report by the nonprofit Reloop North America. The report focuses on the so-called deposit return system (DRS) — the five cent deposit…

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The Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority trash-to-energy plant in Hartford, Conn.

Connecticut’s trash future unclear after closure of processing plant

March 14, 2022

The imminent closure of a major trash plant in Hartford has set off urgent debate about the future of Connecticut’s waste. And one big question has emerged: Who decides what’s next for the state’s garbage? “We have a problem with life cycles,” said Lyle Wray, with the Capitol Region Council of Governments, a coalition of…

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