Martha Coakley on Environment



Reduce burdensome lobster fishing regulations

Charlie Baker has waded into the debate over new lobster fishing regulations, opposing the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's new rules for the industry while criticizing Attorney General Martha Coakley for refusing to weigh in on the topic. But Coakley's campaign said today that the attorney general has gone beyond just commenting on the NOAA plan, which she views as burdensome on fishermen. Her office has been actively engaged with the lobstermen on this issue and has already committed to help them work to reduce these burdensome regulations."

Baker said NOAA's plan to prohibit lobster fishing in the Cape Cod and Massachusetts bays from Jan. 1 to April 30 would "severely limit days on the water," and the ban on single lines and traps "could result in more dangerous conditions for fishermen. The fishing industry of Massachusetts has been under attack from federal bureaucrats for too long and these new regulations are unacceptable," Baker said. (Cape Cod Times, 8/9/2014)

Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p.243-4 , Sep 1, 2014

Clean up & redevelop contaminated brownfields

Our planet is in trouble. Martha believes protecting our environment must be a priority, not only for today but for future generations.

As Attorney General, Martha enforced the state's environmental laws, helped spur the clean up and redevelopment of contaminated brownfields throughout the state, and led the way nationally on landmark environmental cases.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, marthacoakley.com, "Issues" , Oct 1, 2009

Endangered Species Act should consider greenhouse gas effect

Attorney General Martha Coakley applauds the action that the Obama administration took yesterday to overturn a late-term regulatory action by the Bush Administration to the Endangered Species Act. Coakley's Office, along with seven other state Attorneys General, joined California on January 16, 2009, in challenging this regulatory action by the Bush Administration. The regulatory changes sought to relieve federal agencies and applicants for federal permits from having to consider the effects of increase greenhouse gas emissions on species and habitats under the federal Endangered Species Act.

"Consistent with the Obama Administration's pledge to put science before politics, the Obama Administration announced its intention to utilize the unique authority Congress gave it earlier this year to revoke last minute Bush Administration regulations that undermined the vital protection provided by the federal Endangered Species Act," said Attorney General Coakley.

Source: Press release on Attorney General website, www.mass.gov , Apr 29, 2009

Enforced hazardous waste management and transport laws

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office reached an agreement with a western Massachusetts company, resolving claims that the company had transported hazardous waste through several western and central Massachusetts communities without the proper permits Under the terms of the Consent Judgement, Western Mass Environmental must pay a $225,000 civil penalty to the Commonwealth, with $125,000 of that amount suspended if the company retains a consultant for two years to ensure that it will not engage in any further violations of the Commonwealth's hazardous waste management laws.

"The law prohibits companies from transporting hazardous waste without a proper license," said Attorney General Martha Coakley. "The civil penalty in this settlement agreement reflects the substantial risk to the public and the environment that unlicensed transportation of hazardous waste on our public highways creates."

Source: Press release on Attorney General website, www.mass.gov , Apr 27, 2009

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