State legislators, environmental and consumer advocates, and community leaders gathered to announce the launch of a statewide campaign to ban the importation, processing and/or treatment of fracking waste in Connecticut. The legislative sponsors of a Fracking Waste Ban Bill will join with experts and community leaders to discuss the legislation and grassroots efforts to support it.
At the press conference, the legislators and activists highlighted an “I Heart CT” sign and hundreds of “Valentines” with messages of support for the legislation from state residents written to their representatives.
- There are several major ‘asks’ in today’s Headlines to consider.
- Please support legislation to protect 575 acres of state-owned farmland in Lebanon known as Savin Farm
- Shoreline Greenway Trail: ‘Successful Town Meeting in Branford’
- Malloy to power up new microgrid in Middletown today
- Daily Campus Editorial: Storrs Center successful so far, but construction needs to stay on schedule
- CTMirror Op-ed: CT bill could help keep our children safe from toxins
- BikeWalkConnecticut gives 10,793 Reasons for Connecticut to Pass a ‘Vulnerable User’ Bill in 2014
- Klee rejects wood smoke petition
- Tree trimming plans bad for neighborhoods, may be illegal
- EcoFellowship Program @ the Center for EcoTechnology
Please support legislation to protect 575 acres of state-owned farmland in Lebanon known as Savin Farm
This Friday, March 7, the Legislature’s Environment Committee will be holding a public hearing on House Bill 5419 – a bill that would permanently protect 575 acres of prime state-owned farmland in Lebanon known as the Savin Farm.
Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice asks for testimony in support of re-purposing CRRA’s trash incinerator in Hartford. It has a good chance of passing and it would make a significant improvement in Hartford’s air quality as well as help move the state toward zero waste. Please read the email below and testify in support. They are partnering with Toxics Action and CT PIRG. Please click on this Environmental Headline and contact Joe Wasserman (information at the bottom of the story) if you have any questions.
As a part of the ongoing CDC-funded Integrated Tick Management study in Redding, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station conducted helicopter aerial deer surveys of four square miles in February 2013 and six square miles in January 2014. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from the Redding Pilot online.
The National Audubon Society has announced that Ted Gilman, senior naturalist and education specialist at Audubon Greenwich, is the 2013 recipient of the Tamar Chotzen Audubon Educator of the Year award. The surprise announcement took place at a banquet at the Grange Audubon Center in Columbus, Ohio, where Gilman was celebrated by his colleagues from around the country.
Two weeks ago the U.S. House embarked on what Audubon considers a War on Wildlife. Under consideration were three severe anti-wildlife bills, covering a wide range of issues that would impact species protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), undermine National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) safeguards, and cripple key restoration programs. The three bills each
Meanwhile, Environment and Human Health, Inc, American Lung, Northeast, and the Sierra Club, Connecticut, have sent a legal petition to the CT DEEP requesting that they promulgate health-protective wood smoke air standards. Click for more from Nancy Alderman at EHHI.
Headlines contributor Aaron Goode reviews ‘The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light,’ which, he says, treads much the same ground as Ian Cheney’s 2011 documentary film “The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet That Never Sleeps,” whose success on the film-festival circuit and as a POV selection on PBS has helped bring attention to one of the few forms of pollution that remain largely unregulated: excessive artificial light. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Aaron Goode.
A great feature story on LCV from Kathryn Boughton at the Litchfield County Times begins: “When it comes to the preservation of the environment in a highly industrialized 21st century, there is always more work to be done. Margaret Miner of Litchfield, a member of the board of directors for the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters and executive director of the Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, sees 2014 as no exception.”
A comment period for submitting comments on the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Presidential Permit Application of TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. expires midnight March 7, 2014. This is the next step before the President decides whether to approve the application.
Regulations vary on many of the waters stocked this week. Anglers can check fishing regulations in the Connecticut Angler’s Guide, found online at www.ct.gov/deep/anglersguide. Anglers may continue to use the 2013 Angler’s Guide as a reference until the 2014 Guide comes out in late March/early April (fishing regulations have not changed since publication of the 2013 Angler’s Guide). The 2014 Connecticut Angler’s Guide will be posted on line and print copies will be available from many Town Clerks and bait & tackle stores, or by contacting DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division (860-424-FISH).
The showdown nears for the Keystone pipeline. Environmentalist Bill McKibben says it’s time for President Obama to stand up to oil companies and just say no. Click here for a preview.
The American Lung Association of the Northeast, the Sierra Club of Connecticut, and Environment and Human Health, Inc. are submitting a petition to the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection asking the agency to set regulatory air standards for residential wood smoke emissions. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from EHHI.
DEEP and environmental groups want to establish regulations before further requests are made to dump toxic fracking waste here in Connecticut.
CT Citizens against Keystone XL will be gathering at 3 p.m. Monday Feb. 3, 2014 at the Giaimo Federal Building, 150 Court St., New Haven. Click on the Headline for more information about this important gathering!
“Coal fired power plants are no longer economically viable and the days are numbered for the last few that remain,” said N. Jonathan Peress, vice president and director of clean energy and climate change at the Conservation Law Foundation.
You may also submit testimony and comments in support of the Blue Plan Advisory Committee via email to ENV.firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 8 a.m. on Friday. You can use model testimony as a guide. (click for more information.) Sign-up for speaking at the hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in the LOB atrium. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.
Boaters, fisherman, hikers and bikers will soon have more information on available recreational and greenway opportunities along the Naugatuck River because of a $6,000 grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation to expand the Naugatuck River Web site.
“… Water is Connecticut’s greatest natural resource. While other parts of the nation and world, struggle with drought, we enjoy a very different position. … The abundance of potable water did not happen by accident – it happened because together over the decades, we have worked to preserve this resource. The challenge we face today is to manage our water wisely for all users and uses while maintaining our competitive advantage.” Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Gov. Malloy on the state’s water policy.
About 30 students will develop baseline water quality assessments for the two small watersheds, learn how to assess watersheds and water quality by comparing the data from the two watersheds, develop long-term data for use in student research projects, and develop a sense of stewardship for their local streams.
State and federal agriculture officials agree that Connecticut’s farmland preservation program is in trouble and stands to lose millions in federal funding. What they disagree on is who is to blame.
An important bill to preserve lands under the control of the DEEP and the Department Of Agriculture will help protect Connecticut’s open space by permanently preserving state lands of high conservation value: Boucher.
Connecticut’s Farmland Restoration Program was proposed by Gov. Malloy and established through legislation passed by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011 as part of the jobs initiative. It provides matching support to farmers to reclaim fallow farmland and bring it back into agricultural production.
Earlier this month, the Farm Bill passed both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by the President. While the bill isn’t perfect, it does contains a number of victories for conservation that will yield significant benefits to birds and other wildlife. The biggest win is the inclusion of conservation compliance. This
Everyone agrees that distributed energy is changing the electric grid, but whether microgrids and distributed energy fundamentally reshape the energy system is still up for grabs.
Efforts to give a broader group of Connecticut residents access to renewable energy for their homes are underway in the state legislature.
Is wind a fuel? That question consumed much of the arguments Friday at the Connecticut Supreme Court during its consideration of a challenge to the controversial construction of two wind farms in Colebrook by BNE Energy. The answer to this largely procedural question has the power to slow or stop construction of the wind farm.
The state energy department has locked in long-term contracts with two of the largest wood-burning biomass plants in New England, a move it says will save ratepayers $15 million and diversify the region’s sources of renewable power.
As part of the three-year agreement, organic waste from Lake Compounce will be processed at a new organics recycling facility to be built by Turning Earth in Central Connecticut. Covanta will provide education and training for Lake Compounce employees in the proper methods for source-separating organics.
Connecticut’s “Green Bank,” the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, says it has celebrated the successful first year of its nationally-recognized Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy, or C-PACE program. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from CEFIA.
The announcement $500 million in aerospace research, development and manufacturing and up to $4 billion in research and other capital expenditures in Connecticut, according to Malloy, who met with CEO Louis Chenevert to discuss the agreement.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center has been recognized by Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board for the installation of new energy efficient equipment. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center officials received a special plaque during a ceremony, held at the hospital’s Hartford campus, celebrating completion of the energy-saving upgrades.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Connecticut General Assembly is considering a bill to help hold accountable careless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized “vulnerable users” of the state’s roads. Click for more info from BikeWalkConnecticut.
Given the $3.6 billion it would take to bring Metro-North’s New Haven Line into a state of good repair, Connecticut must change its Constitution to prevent transportation funds from being used for other purposes, state Rep. Gail Lavielle, R-Wilton, said Wednesday. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Martin Cassidy at the Stamford Advocate.
The intent is to preserve the fund for the use by the Transportation Department, which is under pressure with troubles on Metro-North Railroad and the state’s congested highways. The fund is used to finance debt on transportation projects.
The Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board Annual Report is a must-read for anyone riding a bicycle or driving a car in Connecticut. It addresses *all* aspects of pedaling including traffic, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, environmental and health aspects to putting places on trains where commuters can put their bikes. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.
Yesterday, President Obama unveiled his proposed national budget for fiscal year 2015, and it includes a smorgasbord of efforts on climate issues. “We know that future generations will continue to deal with the effects of a warming planet,” the President said yesterday in a speech introducing the budget. The $3.9 trillion document allocates about $1
In Indonesia Kerry spoke recently on the critical nature of the problem of worsening global warming, and on the importance of reaching international accord to limit further emissions. He is personally committed to making global warming be a central theme in U. S. diplomatic efforts. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from global warming expert Henry Auer.
A letter from New Haven-based Promoting Enduring Peace board member Stanley Heller to James Hansen regarding his draft paper “Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power and Galileo: Do Scientists Have a Duty to Expose Popular Misconceptions?”
Bill says he was hoping to write about the happy connections between a healthy soil ecosystem and a healthy human micro-biome, and about the research which shows the many ways that growing food is good for the grower’s health. But the news about climate change is so frightening, the likely disruption in our food supply so large, and the potential of organic agriculture and rethinking our food system to both mitigate and help us adapt to climate change is so strong, that he changed directions.