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‘This is acres of plastic’: Environmentalists concerned over artificial turf replacement at Newton high school

by Boston Globe | August 3, 2023
The conversation on artificial turf is happening across the country, with bills pending in California and New York to ban synthetic turf, according to Kyla Bennett, the Massachusetts-based director of science policy at advocacy nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.  ...

How Massachusetts’ new DEP commissioner will bring ‘transparency and equity’ to the agency

by Boston Globe | March 26, 2023
But Kyla Bennett, director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in New England, said she’s “terrified” that Heiple will “ram through” renewable energy projects at the expense of conservation. Bennett referred to a 2021 article co-authored by Heiple that said ...

Cambridge finds elevations of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water, will switch to MWRA

by Boston Globe | August 28, 2022
Kyla Bennett, director of science policy for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in New England, urged Cambridge residents to stop using the city’s water because of the reported levels of PFAS. Bennett lives in Easton, where the town is spending more than $9 million on a ...

As contaminated water concerns grow, Massachusetts towns urge the state to stop spraying pesticides in their communities

by Boston Globe | May 31, 2021
“To reduce the spread of eastern equine encephalitis and other mosquito-borne diseases, the state has sprayed millions of acres in recent years with a pesticide found to contain significant amounts of PFAS. The PFAS leached into the pesticide from its packaging. Under pressure from ...

More communities are finding toxic chemicals in their drinking water

by Boston Globe | May 23, 2021
“Since Massachusetts enacted new safety regulations last fall, more communities have found elevated levels of toxic chemicals known as PFAS in their drinking water. Kyla Bennett, a former scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency, noted that Massachusetts requires testing ...
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