Welcome! Login | Register
 

Whitcomb: Rewards to Repopulate Main Street; Quieter Drives; Pre-Dawn Drinking; In Search of Steamer—Whitcomb: Rewards to Repopulate Main Street; Quieter Drives;…

CVS Forced to Apologize After Store Managers Call Police on Black Women Over a Coupon—CVS Forced to Apologize After Store Managers Call…

Smart Benefits: IRS Answers Questions About Paid Family & Medical Leave Credit—Smart Benefits: IRS Answers Questions About Paid Family…

The Politics of Finesse, 2018 Style - The Sunday Political Brunch - July 15—The Politics of Finesse, 2018 Style - The…

Worcester Man Arrested for Fleeing Scene of Accident—Worcester Man Arrested for Fleeing Scene of Accident

Monfredo: More Ideas on How to Prevent Summer Learning Loss—Monfredo: More Ideas on How to Prevent Summer…

Former Boston Drummer Jim Masdea Rocks the Alex and Ani Lounge—Former Boston Drummer Jim Masdea Rocks the Alex…

Fit for Life: Desire, Drive & Discipline—Fit for Life: Desire, Drive & Discipline

10 Great Things to do in Worcester This Weekend - July 13, 2018—10 Great Things to do in Worcester This…

Worcester Man Shot During Fight on Jacques Street—Worcester Man Shot During Fight on Jacques Street

 
 

Baker Administration Receives “C” Grade for Environmental Protection

Thursday, April 20, 2017

 

Governor Charlie Baker

Governor Charlie Bakers Administration has been given a “C” grade for environmental protection for the second straight year. 

The grade was issued by Charles River Watershed Association, Clean Water Action, Conservation Law Foundation, Environmental League of Massachusetts, Environment Massachusetts, Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, and Massachusetts Sierra Club, representing thousands of residents of the Commonwealth. 

“The Commonwealth and the administration should not be satisfied with a C grade. At a time when Massachusetts should be leading, we are falling behind. Inadequate funding and staffing continue to plague the agencies. That, combined with a lack of vision and leadership, is creating a crisis in terms of protecting our natural resources, enhancing public health and combating climate change,” said Nancy Goodman, Vice President for policy at the Environmental League. 

Environmental Protection Numbers 

According to the report, the percentage of the state budget spent on environmental protection has dropped from $231 million (0.6 percent) of the budget to an inconsequential $218 million (0.53 percent) of the total $40.9 billion state budget. 

The report adds, “the results are clear. We are seeing a lack of enforcement of our environmental laws and very little data collection and new research to help inform decision making. We see continued support for expensive and unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure which conflicts with the Commonwealth’s statutory commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We see significant backlogs in water permitting and very little attention paid to environmental justice communities that suffer adverse public health and quality of life impacts from environmental and health hazards.” 

The report evaluates the Administration’s progress and on-the-ground results and offers a set of policy recommendations for each issue area and a proposed path back to environmental leadership for the Commonwealth. 

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

 
Delivered Free Every
Day to Your Inbox