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Contact: Lee Matsueda, (617) 592-1295, firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatives for Community and Environment
Carolyn Villers, (617) 435-1926, email@example.com Massachusetts Senior Action Council
Community groups representing MBTA riders challenge Baker transit board appointment
Riders and workers call on MassDOT to take responsibility for investing in youth and protecting jobs
[Boston - March 4] Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) will hear the first state environmental justice case, entitled City of Brockton, et al. v. Energy Facilities Siting Board and docketed as SJC-11406. The case presents claims by affected residents that the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) improperly approved a plan to build a dirty fossil-fuel power plant in a low-income community of color without adequately taking account of the requirements of the state's Environmental Justice Policy.
[January 29, 2014] Boston, MA - Last night the Massachusetts Department of Transportation kicked off a series of six public hearings on two state plans, including the $12.4 billion draft Capital Investment Plan (CIP). After securing much needed dollars through the Transportation Investment Act passed at the State House last July, transportation officials have inexplicably left out $272 million over the next five years for critical MBTA bus maintenance and replacement.