Archive for September 2008

Down by the River | Hartford Advocate

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

Down by the River | Hartford Advocate: “The numbers for the annual Source to Sea Clean-Up are staggering, but they don’t tell the whole story. In 2007, over 400 tons of trash, tires, appliances and discarded construction material were removed from the waters and shoreline of the Connecticut River during the one-day clean-up. Among the

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County Fair: The Nuclear Option | Fairfield County Weekly

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

County Fair: The Nuclear Option | Fairfield County Weekly: “A few weeks ago, a piece of campaign literature arrived in the mail from my congressman, Chris Murphy … The literature’s bullet points were Murphy’s involvement in 1) expanding domestic oil and gas development on and offshore, 2) investing in wind and solar power, 3) investing

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Bethel land use boards may soon consider controversial industrial park expansion – NewsTimes.com

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

Bethel land use boards may soon consider controversial industrial park expansion – NewsTimes.com: “In Redding, the Planning Commission had voted last year to oppose the proposed zone change, contending it would be detrimental to residents and the aquifers. Aquarion Water company also was worried about runoff from the site into the Saugatuck Reservoir system which

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Trumbull checks out wind power – The Connecticut Post Online

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

Trumbull checks out wind power – The Connecticut Post Online: “TRUMBULL — When it comes to putting a new spin on ways to control the high cost of energy, the town thinks at least part of the answer may be blowing in the wind. Town officials are exploring the prospect of obtaining a state grant

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Conservationists Endorse John Frey | Ridgefield Republican Town Committee

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

Conservationists Endorse John Frey | Ridgefield Republican Town Committee: “The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has endorsed a bipartisan “green” slate of 45 pro-environment candidates for Connecticut General Assembly, including Ridgefield State Representative John Frey. “We believe these candidates, if elected or re-elected, will lead Connecticut toward adopting environmental policies that are smart and sustainable

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Air Cleared, But Asthma in New Haven and elsewhere Remains | New Haven Independent

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

Air Cleared, But Asthma in New Haven and elsewhere Remains | New Haven Independent: “Despite a dramatic drop in soot emissions from its notorious power plant, New Haven has yet to see its asthma rates improved. The New Haven Harbor Plant saw a 91 percent reduction between 2000 and 2007 in sulfur dioxide emissions. Such

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Wild turkey removed from Greenwich Point – Greenwich Time

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

Wild turkey removed from Greenwich Point – Greenwich Time: “After a long summer strolling the beach at Greenwich Point, the wild turkey named Henrietta was captured and re-released into the wild by the Department of Environmental Protection Monday, officials said. The bird was apprehended around 10:20 a.m. without being harmed and moved to a state

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Buying firewood? Don’t get burned | TheWestonForum.com

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

Buying firewood? Don’t get burned | TheWestonForum.com: “Burning firewood may be an alternative to the cost of heating oil during the upcoming winter. The Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center, an affiliate of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is offering tips on how to buy the best and most efficient wood. Among them: Buy

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Millstone Reaches Deal With Environmental Groups — Courant.com

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

Millstone Reaches Deal With Environmental Groups — Courant.com: “The operator of the Millstone nuclear power plant in Waterford will speed up efforts to curb the plant’s effect on Long Island Sound under an agreement reached Monday with two environmental groups. That’s good news for winter flounder and other aquatic life: The plant pumps more than

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Shell disease concerns lobster fishery – Chatham, MA – Wicked Local Chatham

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

Shell disease concerns lobster fishery – Chatham, MA – Wicked Local Chatham: Remember when Dustin Hoffman’s father-in-law whispered one word into his ear, “plastics” in a pivotal scene in “The Graduate”? “We found these alkylphenols and think they come from plastic breakdown and also detergents,” University of Connecticut molecular cell biologist Hans Laufer summarized. “They

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Business booming for FOI Commission – The Advocate

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

Business booming for FOI Commission – The Advocate: “In December, when Fairfield First Selectman Ken Flatto removed the town Conservation Department from overseeing the largest development in town history, he did it behind closed doors. In response, Kathryn Braun, a Fairfield attorney, helped draft a Freedom of Information complaint against the selectman for the Fairfield

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Report on state released – The Connecticut Post Online

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

Report on state released – The Connecticut Post Online: “HARTFORD — Annual increases in state aid have not kept up with the rising cost of running local schools and governments, according to a study released Monday by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. ‘Shackled to an 18th century property tax system that is insensitive to income,

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New laws take effect Wednesday – The Connecticut Post Online

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

New laws take effect Wednesday – The Connecticut Post Online: “Putting a noose on display with the intent to threaten or intimidate someone will soon be a crime in Connecticut. The new state law is one of several new pieces of legislation that take effect on Wedensday. They range from new safeguards meant to protect

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Editorial – No More Plastic Bags – Editorial – NYTimes.com

Sep 30th, 2008 | By

Editorial – No More Plastic Bags – Editorial – NYTimes.com: “Westport, Conn., this month became the latest of a handful of communities to ban some plastic bags. The bags, which have only a brief, useful life, can survive forever in landfills and are of enormous concern to not only environmentalists but local officials who are

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Nation’s first greenhouse gas auction nets $38.5M – USATODAY.com, StamfordPlus.com

Sep 29th, 2008 | By

Nation's first greenhouse gas auction nets $38.5M – USATODAY.com: “ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The nation’s first cap-and-trade greenhouse gas auction raised nearly $40 million that will be spent by Northeast states on renewable and energy efficient technologies. Under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, all fossil fuel-burning power plants in a 10-state region are

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Settlement Reached With Power Plant – Connecticut News Story | The Day, WFSB Hartford, AG Blumenthal via StamfordPlus

Sep 29th, 2008 | By

Agreement reached on terms for studying Millstone cooling technologies | TheDay.com: “A state agency, the owner of Millstone Power Station and two environmental advocacy groups agreed today that the study of possible use of cooling towers or other technologies to protect aquatic life in Long Island Sound would begin immediately. The study is part of

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New York Transit System On Google’s Mapping Service — Courant.com

Sep 29th, 2008 | By

New York Transit System On Google's Mapping Service — Courant.com: “NEW YORK — – Google began showing travelers Tuesday how to navigate New York City by mass transit, adding the nation’s biggest public transportation system to its popular mapping service.” Provided by www.CTEnvironmentalHeadlines.com



Smart Growth Conference Energized | New Haven Independent

Sep 29th, 2008 | By

Smart Growth Conference Energized | New Haven Independent: “The shoreline audience drawn to a conference on property tax, smart growth and regional cooperation, was energized, engaged and seeking answers. So State Rep. Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) decided to test them. Besides residents, the audience included a strong showing of state and town officials, including Democrat State

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Danbury line adds two midday trains | WiltonBulletin.com

Sep 29th, 2008 | By

Danbury line adds two midday trains | WiltonBulletin.com: “Gov. M. Jodi Rell has announced that new train service is being added on the Danbury and Waterbury branch lines of Metro-North Railroad to meet customer requests. State Rep. Toni Boucher, in a prepared statement, applauded the changes that take effect Sunday, Oct. 5.” Provided by www.CTEnvironmentalHeadlines.com



Greenhouse gas sold for $3.07 a ton – BostonHerald.com

Sep 29th, 2008 | By

Greenhouse gas sold for $3.07 a ton – BostonHerald.com: “ALBANY, N.Y. – The nation’s first cap-and-trade greenhouse gas auction sold the right to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at $3.07 a ton. The results of Thursday’s sealed bid, online auction by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative were released today. All 12.5 million allowances were

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