Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


Pilgrim Is Closing. So Then What Happens To The Radioactive Waste?

Spent fuel casks at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Photo by Robin Lubbock for WBUR

This week, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will power down for the last time. Over the next few years, workers will move the radioactive fuel into storage, dismantle the plant, and clean up the site. The process is called decommissioning, and a lot of people are worried about safety, cost and where the nuclear waste will finally end up.

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Rhode Island’s Approval Of A Second Offshore Wind Farm Reflects A Growing East Coast Trend. Here’s Why Some Are Concerned

Dr. Kevin Stokesbury shows a map of scallop surveys and proposed offshore wind farms in the Mid-Atlantic. Photo by Nadine Sebai for The Public's Radio

Rhode Island regulators unanimously approved a contract  to build the state’s second offshore wind farm. The Revolution Wind project will generate enough energy to power more than 270,000 Rhode Island homes a year. It’s just one of over a dozen offshore wind farms popping up across the Mid-Atlantic in what’s now been dubbed “The Saudi Arabia of Wind.” But some scientists and fishermen say the growth is too much too fast.

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As Prison Population Grows, Maine’s DOC Plans to Relocate Women to Long Creek

The number of women incarcerated in Maine is rising fast. Photo by Susan Sharon for Maine Public

The number of women incarcerated in Maine is rising fast. In the past six years the number of female inmates at the Maine Correctional Center (MCC) in Windham has grown from about 150 to more than 220, as of April. And the state Department of Corrections has a problem: the overcrowded women’s facility is housed in a men’s prison.

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Tired of Campaign ‘Manipulation’ N.H. Voters Get Trained in the Art of the Bird Dog

Birddoggers in action in Dover, NH. Photo by Jason Moon for NHPR

Presidential campaigns do all they can to make sure their events stay on message: candidates who pivot out of tough questions, campaign staff who keep a tight grip on the microphone while a voter is asking a question. But now, more and more, voters are coming to campaign events with their own bag of tricks. With the help of advocacy groups around the state, they’re getting trained in an art known as birddogging.

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Mainers Are Working To Give Historical Sea Chanteys New Life

Bennett Konesni leads a chantey in Northport. Photo by Ari Snider for Maine Public

The sea chantey, once the soundtrack of the Golden Age of Sail, has gone the way of other traditional work songs — relegated to folk festivals, history museums and a few tourist schooners. But in Midcoast Maine, chanteys that have sat in the archives for nearly one hundred years are getting a new life and being put back to work on Penobscot Bay.

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