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1. 9 things that make air pollution bearable

Artist Chiu Chih poposes a natural oxygen backpack.

2. Dilemma for Delaware beaches’ renowned water quality

  4. Why does Europe hate genetically modified food?

With new European Union rules that now seek to clear up years of internal deadlock

that could, in theory, lead to widespread cultivation of GM foods, is Europe about to

change its mind?

GMO HATE. People protests against the authorization of genetically modified (GM) maize with signs and banners reading 'Stop GMO Maize 1507 ', 'Only a NO can protect us' and 'No to GMO Maize 1507' in front of the Federal Chancellor's Office in Berlin, Germany, 05 February 2014. Joerg Carstensen/EPA

  5. Sauget Superfund cleanup draws in nearly 250 companies

Resource Recovery Group superfund site in Sauget

6. UK NEWS: Diesel fumes choke Tox-ford Street

7. Great Lakes welcome rising water levels

Great Lakes are rising, and the tourism and shipping industries are celebrating

8. Billionaire Koch brothers are big oil players in Alberta

The ultra-right U.S. Koch brothers, little-known to Canadians, are major players in Alberta’s

oil patch, where they control at least 1.1 million acres.

9. Movement targets fossil fuel divestiture

Religious and liberal groups see environment as a ‘moral issue’

10. California rice farmers could get pollution credit

rice harvest


Incident happened in Tip O’Neill Tunnel


Heavy delays reported for northbound I-93

BOSTON — Four multi-car crashes are slowing the northbound drive on Interstate 93 near the entrance of the O’Neill Tunnel, according to state police.

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State police said one crash involved nine vehicles, two involved four cars each and the fourth crash involved two vehicles.

One person involved in the nine-vehicle crash was taken to the hospital as a precaution, state police said.

The left lane was closed, but the right and middle lanes were open. Several miles of backups were reported.


Truck flips over on Prudential Center offramp

BOSTON — The exit ramp from the Massachusetts Turnpike to Copley Square and the Prudential Center was closed for an extended period of time Friday afternoon.

A cement truck crashed on the exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 90 to the Prudential Center.

Slideshow: See photos of the damage

Massachusetts State Police said there was damage to the tunnel and the vehicle was leaking fuel.

Vehicles traveling eastbound on the Turnpike destined for the Back Bay and downtown should get off the Turnpike at Exit 18 for Brighton/Cambridge and use the river roads to reach their destination.

Vehicles continuing eastbound on the Turnpike can also use Exit 24A for South Station to access Kneeland Street and Atlantic Avenue to reach the Back Bay/Downtown area.

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The southbound zipper lane on the Southeast Expressway will be open by 2 p.m.

The left-side HOV exit for Logan Airport and South Station on I-93 northbound will be open for all vehicles.


Overnight test simulates crash, fire in tunnel, MassDOT says
Sumner Tunnel

BOSTON — Drivers planning to pass through the Sumner Tunnel late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning will have to find an alternate route.

The tunnel will be closed to traffic overnight for a training exercise between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., according to MassDOT.

The drill will simulate a crash and fire involving multiple injuries. It’s designed to test response and communications.

“If there was a major incident in the Sumner Tunnel or any tunnel, we want to make sure that everybody has their communication protocols down,” said MassDOT’s Frank DePaola. “It’s better to do it in a drill than to do an actual event.”

Traffic into Boston will be detoured via the Ted Williams Tunnel.


Callahan Tunnel closing Friday for renovations

Motorists must seek alternate routes starting Dec. 27

BOSTON —State transportation officials are gearing up for a lengthy closing of the Callahan Tunnel in Boston for major renovations.

The 52-year-old tunnel carries 30,000 vehicles per day in one direction from the North End to Logan International Airport and Route 1A in East Boston.

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“This is a significant closure, no doubt about it,” said MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey.  “We did not make this decision lightly.”

Watch:  State officials discuss closing

It is scheduled to close at 11 p.m. on Dec. 27 and reopen on March 12, but then will shut down overnight for several additional months to finish the replacement of wall panels.

Engineers say the Callahan Tunnel needs a full rehabilitation of its deck and curb, including replacement of air exchange vents.

CLICK HERE for detour maps, information

It is the first major rehabilitation in the tunnel’s history.

“The tunnel is in desperate need of a significant overhaul,” said Davey.

“There are several advantages for performing the overhaul of the Callahan Tunnel now,” said Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. “The Tobin Bridge painting project is shut down for the winter and that means all lanes are open and we generally see lower traffic volumes through the tunnel during these months.”

Three main detour routes have been established to handle traffic to East Boston: Through the Ted Williams Tunnel/Massachusetts Turnpike Eastbound, over the Tobin Bridge, or for motorists coming from points north — along Route 16 East to 1A South.

“People will learn the detour routes and find those that have the least congestion,” said DePaola.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is urging motorists to plan ahead, allow extra time and use other routes to get to the airport.

The $19.3 million construction project includes the replacement of the deck, curbing and wall panels.   There are incentives for the contractor to finish ahead of schedule and penalties if the deadline is not met.

The Sumner Tunnel, which carries traffic back from the airport, will remain open.

 


Motorists must seek alternate routes starting Dec. 27

BOSTON —State transportation officials are gearing up for a lengthy closing of the Callahan Tunnel in Boston for major renovations next week.Watch report

The 52-year-old tunnel carries traffic in one direction from the North End to Logan International Airport and Route 1A in East Boston. It is scheduled to close on Dec. 27 and reopen on March 12, but then will shut down overnight for several additional months to finish the replacement of wall panels.

CLICK HERE for detour maps, information

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is urging motorists to plan ahead and use other routes, such as the Ted Williams Tunnel, to get to the airport.

The Sumner Tunnel, which carries traffic back from the airport, will remain open.

Engineers say the Callahan Tunnel needs a full rehabilitation of its deck and curb, including replacement of air exchange vents.

 

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