Archive for June 2010

School lawn-care pesticide ban goes into effect today

Jun 30th, 2010 | By

CT Public Act 09-56 goes into effect. This new law establishes that all schools in Connecticut, both public and private, with grades K-8 ban lawn-care pesticides both on their school grounds as well as on their playing fields as of July 1, 2010. It is important that all schools with grades K-8 be aware of

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DEP Initiatives Process to Reissue General Permit for Nitrogen Discharges in Wastewater from Treatment Plants

Jun 30th, 2010 | By

Permit impacts 79 municipal facilities and credit exchange program The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has initiated the process to reissue the General Permit that regulates the amount of nitrogen that can be discharged in wastewater from 79 municipal sewage treatment plants in the state. Nitrogen is a nutrient that spurs algae growth in

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Next Train Stop: The “iStore”? | New Haven Independent

Jun 30th, 2010 | By

Ned Lamont pulled into New Haven’s train station to talk about the future of Connecticut transportation, and described a terminal transformed into a high-tech “Apple Store” within 10 years. Lamont, who faces Dan Malloy in an Aug. 10 primary for the Democratic nomination for governor, took a press-op train ride from Stamford to New Haven

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Governor Rell Announces $200,000 for Farm Reinvestment Grants

Jun 30th, 2010 | By

Hartford, CT – Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has announced that $200,000 in grants to help Connecticut farmers make long-term improvements to their operations is expected to be approved when the State Bond Commission meets July 13. The grant is awarded through the state Department of Agriculture’s Farm Reinvestment Grant Program, which helps farmers expand

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Quick, cheap fixes won’t end transit gridlock

Jun 30th, 2010 | By

STAMFORD — In the heart of the state’s traffic-congestion belt, candidates for governor on Tuesday said the state has neglected its transportation infrastructure and should study how to improve it. But one candidate, Republican Oz Griebel, of Simsbury, said that there’s already a thorough report created by the state’s Transportation Strategy Board, which he led.



GE Loses Challenge to Superfund Law in Hudson Pollution Case

Jun 30th, 2010 | By

June 30 (Bloomberg) — General Electric Co. failed to convince a federal appeals court that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund law governing cleanup of hazardous waste sites is unconstitutional. via GE Loses Challenge to Superfund Law in Hudson Pollution Case – BusinessWeek. IF YOU FOUND THIS STORY HELPFUL, PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TO THIS

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EHHI endorses proposed ban in W. Hartford on outdoor wood boilers

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

In response to West Hartford seeking to ban outdoor wood furnaces (OWFs), Environment and Human Health Inc. would like to endorse this important proposed policy decision. Outdoor wood-burning furnaces, also known as an outdoor wood boilers, are essentially small, insulated sheds with short smokestacks. They burn wood that heats water that is then sent through

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NRDC Files Lawsuit to Curb One of State’s Leading Sources of Water Pollution

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

New York State Fails to Clean-Up Waterways, Ignores Legal Requirements of Clean Water Act NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 29, 2010) — The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit last night against New York State for failing to take legally required steps this year to clean up one of the primary causes of pollution in

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UTC Power Transit Bus Fuel Cell System Sets Durability Record

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn., June 29 — UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. has announced it has set durability records for its latest generation transit bus fuel cell system. A PureMotion Model 120 fuel cell powerplant aboard an Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) bus operating in the Greater Oakland, California, area has surpassed 7,000 hours

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New firehouse will achieve environmental certification

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

EAST HARTFORD — Fire station No. 5, slated to begin construction in August, will make history by being the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certified fire station in Connecticut. via New firehouse will achieve environmental certification | Journal Inquirer.



Rell Announces Funds to Improve Sherwood Island State Park

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that $750,000 to make repairs and improvements at Connecticut’s three major shoreline state parks, including Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, is expected to be approved when the State Bond Commission meets July 13. via Rell Announces Funds to Improve Sherwood Island State Park – WestportNow.com – Westport, Connecticut.

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White House Energy Session Changes No Minds – NYTimes.com

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

WASHINGTON — The senators who emerged from a White House meeting with President Obama on energy policy on Tuesday made no effort to paper over the large differences that remain between them. via White House Energy Session Changes No Minds – NYTimes.com.



Obama ‘confident’ in climate change bill’s passage

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

Washington (CNN) — President Obama met Tuesday with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House to discuss passing an energy and climate change bill this year. “The president said that there was a strong foundation and consensus on some key policies and the president urged the senators to come together based on that

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U.S. Plans ‘Extraordinary Measures’ to Rescue Turtles Along Gulf Coast – NYTimes.com

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

About 50,000 sea turtle eggs from beaches in the Florida Panhandle and Alabama will be dug up and moved to Florida’s Atlantic Coast in hopes of keeping the hatchlings alive in the face of the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Without the unprecedented intervention, federal scientists say, most, if not all, the hatchlings this

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Big day as Montessori School goes green

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

Wilton’s Montessori School community held a ribbon-cutting event May 23 to celebrate the installation of a 48-panel solar unit on its roof — an addition that could generate as many as 10,000 watts of electricity per year. via Big day as Montessori School goes green – The Hour. IF YOU FOUND THIS STORY HELPFUL, PLEASE

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A conservation success story: Sole freshwater tidal marsh on the Thames has made strides, faces challenges

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

Sole freshwater tidal marsh on the Thames has made strides, faces challenges Ledyard – At Poquetanuck Cove, the working estuary known as the Thames River steps away from its industrial life of submarines, coal-fired power plants, ferry traffic and sewage plant discharges for an interlude with nature. The 2-mile-long cove is the only freshwater tidal

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Middletown to Create Resource Recycling Advisory Commission

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

MIDDLETOWN — The common council has approved an ordinance to create a resource recycling advisory commission.



Old Lyme renews trash contract

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

Old Lyme – The town has renewed its residential trash pick-up contract with Old Lyme-based Shoreline Sanitation Inc. The Day – Old Lyme renews trash contract | News from southeastern Connecticut.



Grant To Help With Energy Use

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

Cheshire was one of 14 towns to receive stimulus funding as part of the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge program that will assist residents in saving money, all while reducing the Town's carbon footprint.



Plant flowers in schools rather than teachers?

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

I heartily agree with Bill Earls that “Mowing Highway Medians Wastes Money” [Your View, June 26 — see below]. However, what I would recommend in its place is sowing wildflowers. via Plant Wildflowers Along Highways – Courant.com.