Department of Environmental Protection

As reported here, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources recently proposed new rules (pdf) regulating large wood-burning power plants.  These rules call for stringent efficiency standards, notably the encouragement of co-generation (the productive use of waste heat).  The impetus for the new rules was a recent study that challenged the widely-held assumption that the cultivation of forests for

Almost a decade of sharp cuts have forced the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to reevaluate the way it operates.  From a zenith of 1,200 full-time employees and a $65 million annual budget in 2002, DEP’s resources presently stand at 840 employees and a budget of $46 million.  Accordingly, DEP has launched what it euphemistically refers to