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Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vt. The plant was shut down Dec. 29, 2014 and is in the early stages of the decades-long decommissioning.

Vt. to make case for oversight of nuke plant’s use of $635 million decommissioning fund

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has agreed to give the state of Vermont a chance to make its case about why there should be continuing oversight of Entergy Nuclear’s use of Vermont Yankee’s $635-million decommissioning trust fund. In a 45-page ruling released Tuesday, the ASLB said it had accepted two of Vermont’s five contentions, or … 0

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.: deadline for comment on pipeline is flexible

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A flurry of comments on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project turned in recent days to a veritable blizzard with the approach of this past Monday’s official deadline for posting comments on the what should be included in the environmental impact statement that will be prepared on the nearly $5 billion natural gas pipeline. Yet the deadline imposed by the … 0

DPU OKs pipeline-gas co. contracts

Monday, August 31, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities on Monday approved long-term contracts for Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas and National Grid to buy natural gas from the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project. The three 20-year contracts to buy gas from the nearly 420-mile pipeline planned to cross eight Franklin County towns are all contingent on completion of the nearly $5 billion … 1

FERC gets an earful: Scores turn up the heat on regulators over pipeline

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Federal regulators got an earful Wednesday night from nearly 600 people at an environmental scoping hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The region’s entire state legislative delegation, Congressman James McGovern and … 1

County home sales down, despite statewide rise

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Home sales last month were up for the Pioneer Valley overall and for the state as a whole, with single-family homes in Massachusetts selling at the best rate since August 2005. And while sales for the first six months of year have been brisk for Hampshire and Hampden … 0

Despite calls for delay, FERC hearing set for Wednesday night

Monday, July 27, 2015

On the eve of the region’s first federal public hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, the company’s most recent report has come under heavy criticism from the Greater Northfield Watershed Association. The association, which also has joined in calling for postponing FERC’s scoping … 0

Pipeline opponents plan rally

Monday, July 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Stop the Pipeline Rally is being organized to precede Wednesday’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission public hearing at Greenfield Middle School. The 5:15 p.m. rally aims to bring together citizens who oppose the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project before the start of the 6:30 p.m. … 0

Mass. Department of Energy Resources argues in favor of Berkshire Gas pipeline contract at DPU hearing

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has argued before the state Department of Public Utilities that Berkshire Gas Co.’s 20-year contract to use gas from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project should be approved. DOER argued that the company’s contract with TGP was consistent with … 1

'Take the risk': Young people in Franklin County speak up about getting first jobs and wanting a chance to work

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — When it comes to employment, adults are usually the ones who end up interviewing youngsters about their work experience, aspirations and ethics as they try to land their first job, but the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ashfield Paul E. Bacon of Williamsburg to James E. Bacon of Williamsburg, Cummington Road, Parcel 1, $20,000. Bernardston Charles R. Deane to Matthew M. Penn of Tampa, Fla., Sawmill Lane, Lot 4, $25,000. Colrain Jeffrey J. Murdock and Marcelene L. Murdock to CitiBank, NA, trustee, 259 Ed Clark … 0

Rosenberg calls for FERC hearing delay

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, who last used his influence as senate president to call for the state to include Greenfield in its public hearings on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline project, has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to … 2

‘A shot of confidence’

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Justin Morrill of Montague starts classes at Greenfield Community College later this year, he hopes his skills and interest in the fields of math and science will lead him to a career in engineering or … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ashfield Glenn H. Cordelli, of Center Tuftonboro, N.H., to Carlos Uriona and Stacy Klein. 371 Main Street. $95,000. Douglas M. Field and Dianne D. Field, to Dennis P. Bellows and Suellen F. Bellows. West Road. $1. Douglas M. Field and Dianne D. Field, to Deborah L. Field, of … 0