Conservation Law Foundation turns up the heat on Somerset power plant; Study shows MS patients are slow to begin drug treatments; First Wind expands in Maine.
Group plans suit vs. power plant owner
BOSTON – The Conservation Law Foundation said it plans to file a lawsuit against the operators of the Somerset Station, a coal-fired power plant in Somerset that had once been dubbed by environmentalists as one of the state’s “Filthy Five” power plants.
The advocacy group said plant owner NRG Energy Inc. had agreed to shut down or clean up the 80-year-old plant by January 2010. As an alternative, state regulators are allowing NRG to move forward with a plan to retrofit the plant with experimental coal gasification technology, according to the Conservation Law Foundation. The group had already filed a suit to stop the project in state court, and is now planning to file a lawsuit in federal court against NRG for failing to obtain a preconstruction permit.
Drug therapy lags for MS patients
ROCKLAND – Most patients who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis don’t get their first treatment within 60 days of their initial diagnosis, according to a report released by EMD Serono Inc. of Rockland. The biotech company, which makes treatments for MS, said its study of 2,500 MS patients showed that 51 percent of patients didn’t get their first therapy within 60 days of the diagnosis, and 40 percent didn’t get therapy within 90 days. For nearly 26 percent of the MS patients, at least six months passed before they received their first drug therapy for their MS.
Maine gives approval for turbine project
NEWTON – First Wind has received approval from Maine environmental regulators for its proposed 60-megawatt Rollins Wind project in Penobscot County. The Newton-based firm plans to install 40 1.5-megawatt turbines that would be able to generate enough power for at least 23,000 homes. First Wind already operates two wind farms in Maine.
Women’s boutique opens in Hingham
HINGHAM – GettiGear, a women’s active wear boutique, opened on Tuesday at 24 North St. in Hingham. The store sells clothes for tennis, golf, running, rowing, swimming, yoga, pilates and general exercise from specialty designers. It also carries a selection of eco-friendly lines of clothing and accessories. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for April 30 through May 1.
Citizens Bank rewards green customers
PROVIDENCE – Citizens Financial Group said its Green$ense program has rewarded Citizens Bank and Charter One with nearly $2 million for reducing paper use with electronic bank-payment transactions. The program, which was launched in 2008, rewards customers with 10 cents for each electronic payment they make, up to $120 per year. New customers who enroll by May 15 will earn double that amount.
Lahey clinic pays to settle Medicare issue
BURLINGTON – The Lahey Clinic hospital in Burlington has paid nearly $844,000 to the federal government to settle prosecutors’ allegations that it improperly submitted claims to Medicare from 2001 to 2005.
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