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Regulators approve exemptions for former nuclear power plant

Nov. 4, 2019 3:23 PM EST

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Federal regulators are exempting the shuttered Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station from certain emergency planning and preparedness requirements. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it granted the exemption request Monday because the plant permanently ceased operations in May after 46...

Massachusetts launches investigation into gas disaster

Oct. 25, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials are opening their own investigation into last September's Merrimack Valley natural gas disaster. More than 100 structures were damaged in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover in the Sept. 13, 2018, fires and explosions. One person died and dozens were injured....

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...

Business exec ends US Senate challenge to Markey

Oct. 14, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A business executive who touted is experiences as a foster child when he announced a primary challenge to Democratic Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in July has ended his campaign. Steve Pemberton in his emailed announcement Monday said he couldn't overcome a system that favors...

US senators ask federal government to address youth vaping

Oct. 6, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he's leading a group of a dozen senators in urging the federal government to do more to prevent young people from vaping. The Connecticut Democrat says the senators asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Friday to "take long overdue...

Rivals Markey and Kennedy agree to climate change debate

Oct. 5, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Political rivals Edward Markey and Joe Kennedy III will participate in a debate focused on climate change. The Boston Globe reports that Kennedy agreed Friday to participate in the debate proposed by Markey. They did not agree on the timing. Markey wants to debate next month while Kennedy's...

Oxfam, other nonprofits urge feds to raise refugee cap

Oct. 1, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts refugee organizations urged the Trump administration on Tuesday to raise its proposed cap on refugees, noting that crises have forced millions from their homes and that the U.S. has the resources to respond. The U.S. Department of State last week proposed accepting just 18,000...

Political rivals Markey and Kennedy to join striking workers

Sep. 28, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Political rivals Edward Markey and Joe Kennedy III are both planning to join striking direct care providers on the picket line. The workers have been on strike in Lawrence since Tuesday following stalled negotiations over wage increase with Fidelity House, a human services...

Feds recommend new requirements after natural gas disaster

Sep. 24, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal officials are recommending stronger nationwide requirements for natural gas systems following last September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates major pipeline accidents, said Tuesday every state should...

US Rep. Kennedy: Limit outside group spending in Senate race

Sep. 24, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III is calling on U.S. Sen. Edward Markey to agree to limit the amount of outside money and personal attack ads in the Massachusetts senate contest. Kennedy is hoping to unseat the incumbent Markey in the 2020 Democratic primary. Kennedy pressed Markey and two other...