Sierra Club http://wamc.org en Massachusetts Voters May Decide Bottle Bill Expansion http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-voters-may-decide-bottle-bill-expansion <p>A coalition that includes environmentalists, consumer advocates, and municipal officials is making another push in Massachusetts to update the bottle deposit law.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Three decades after Massachusetts voters approved a nickel deposit on cans and bottles of soda and beer, a question may appear on the 2014 ballot to include bottled water, teas, and sports drinks in the beverage deposit law.&nbsp;&nbsp; Secretary of State Bill Galvin has certified the possible ballot question received more than the nearly 69,000 valid signatures required.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:33:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 80058 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Voters May Decide Bottle Bill Expansion Bottle Law Expansion Dumped By Conference Committee http://wamc.org/post/bottle-law-expansion-dumped-conference-committee <p>&nbsp; Legislation to expand the 30 year old bottle deposit law in Massachusetts to include noncarbonated beverages won&rsquo;t make it to the desk of Governor Deval Patrick this year..&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 44410 at http://wamc.org Bottle Law Expansion Dumped By Conference Committee Alternative Uses For Coal Plant To Be Studied http://wamc.org/post/alternative-uses-coal-plant-be-studied <p>The future is in doubt for one of just two remaining coal powered electricity generating plants in Massachusetts.&nbsp; Municipal officials and environmentalists believe age and the current economics of burning coal will bring an end to the Mount Tom Power Plant in Holyoke.&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 16:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 38101 at http://wamc.org Alternative Uses For Coal Plant To Be Studied