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MassDEP Penalizes Commonwealth Motors $15,000, Suspends Automobile Emission Inspections for 2 Years Due to Fraud

MassDEP Penalizes Commonwealth Motors $15,000, Suspends Automobile Emission Inspections for 2 Years Due to Fraud

Individual Inspector Also Penalized Separately for 6 Fraudulent Emission Tests   BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized Commonwealth Motors of Lawrence $15,000 for issuing six fraudulent…

Cape Wind Project: A Tale of Crony Environmentalism (Part 1)

Cape Wind Project: A Tale of Crony Environmentalism (Part 1)

By Christine Morabito - May 2015 It would make a great movie. The story begins in 2001, with an elaborate plot, filled with beautiful, wealthy, and powerful people. There are…

City of Quincy Penalized $28,125 for Wetlands Protection Act Violations for Installing Equalization Pipe

City of Quincy Penalized $28,125 for Wetlands Protection Act Violations for Installing Equalization Pipe

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized the City of Quincy $28,125 for wetlands violations associated with the installation of an equalization pipe to address drainage and…

Lawrence Contractor Penalized $46,150 for Asbestos Violations Found During Inspection in Burlington

Lawrence Contractor Penalized $46,150 for Asbestos Violations Found During Inspection in Burlington

Licensed Asbestos-abatement Contractors Working at Commercial Building BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized two asbestos-abatement contractors $46,150 each for violations found during a routine inspection of…

From Syphilis to Global Warming in 500 Years

From Syphilis to Global Warming in 500 Years

By: Christine Morabito – April 2015 In the late fifteenth century, the cause of disease was still a mystery. Astrology, on the other hand, was “settled science.” After much debate,…

Legislation Needed to Hold Landfill Owners, Operators Responsible -IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

Legislation Needed to Hold Landfill Owners, Operators Responsible -IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

By: Kathleen O’Connor Ives – March, 2015 The Crow Lane Landfill in Newburyport has long been the source of environmental and public safety concerns since the process of closing and…

Candid Camera Initiative Nabs Two Suspects Who Repeatedly Smashed Dumped Glass from Scrap Windows in Middlesex Fells Reservation

Candid Camera Initiative Nabs Two Suspects Who Repeatedly Smashed Dumped Glass from Scrap Windows in Middlesex Fells Reservation

Dangerous shards left in area frequented by hikers, dog-walkers  BOSTON – Two Revere residents are facing criminal charges stemming from flagrant illegal dumping and the shattering of large quantities of…

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Nearly $755k in Grants for Water Supply Protection Projects

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Nearly $755k in Grants for Water Supply Protection Projects

BOSTON –The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded nearly $755,000 in grants to help 12 communities with projects designed to meet water supply needs and ensure healthy water bodies. The funding is…

Our Toxic Relationship with Wind Power

Our Toxic Relationship with Wind Power

By: Christine Morabito – February, 2015 If clean, safe and efficient energy is to be our standard, then why use wind power at all? When we examine the entire process,…

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL – Mayor Fiorentini Must Act Now on Police Station Mold (2-15)

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL – Mayor Fiorentini Must Act Now on Police Station Mold (2-15)

It seems hard to believe. Since before the Haverhill Police Station was even occupied, concerns were raised about mold and mildew due to substandard construction work. That was in 1999.…

Reflecting Back and Moving Massachusetts Forward ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

Reflecting Back and Moving Massachusetts Forward ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: Kathleen O’Connor Ives – January, 2015 In my first legislative session we passed a number of significant laws, including requiring nursing homes, rest homes, or other long term care…

Green Agenda Casts Aside the Poor and Destitute

Green Agenda Casts Aside the Poor and Destitute

By: Christine Morabito – January, 2015 It’s easy to go green when you don’t have to go hungry. Free from the stress of foraging for food, environmental activists have the…

Waste Management sells Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. to Energy Capital Partners

Waste Management sells Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. to Energy Capital Partners

HAMPTON, N.H. —  Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. today announced the close of its $1.94 billion acquisition by Energy Capital Partners from Waste Management. A definitive agreement for the sale was previously…

In Global Warming Battle Truth is the Biggest Casualty

In Global Warming Battle Truth is the Biggest Casualty

By: Christine Morabito – November 2014 On a recent trip to Maine, I hiked the beautiful Wells Reserve at Laudholm. The quiet solitude, view of the salt marsh and resident…

Economic Development, Revitalization in Salisbury: Environmental Affairs Undersecretary Visits the Beach

Economic Development, Revitalization in Salisbury:  Environmental Affairs Undersecretary Visits the Beach

  IN YOUR CORNER WITH KATY IVES By: Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives October, 2014 I recently invited Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs, Martin Suuberg, to join me and Representative Michael Costello…

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