Archive for August 2010

Dredging, plant removal recommended for town ponds

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

The Goff Brook Ponds need work, and the town can now start moving towards renewal of the treasured ponds after Director of Public Works and Town Engineer Michael Turner put together and presented a report on the status of the ponds during the August 16 Town Council meeting. via Dredging, plant removal recommended for town

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N.J. DEP toughens sulfur rules to improve air quality

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

A new maximum sulfur content standard of 500 parts per million for home heating oil and lighter grade fuel oil will take effect on July 1, 2014, and a second phase of more stringent standards to reduce sulfur to 15 parts per million will take effect on July 1, 2016. That is down from current

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UConn seeks wildlife or fisheries toxicologist

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

The University of Connecticut is seeking a wildlife or fisheries ecotoxicologist with a Ph.D. for a full-time professorship on the Storrs campus. Visit http://careers.wildlife.org/c/job.cfm?vnet=0&site_id=8764&jb=7116768 for more information.



Environmental Groups Sue EPA On Cape Cod Pollution

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

The Conservation Law Foundation and the Coalition for Buzzards Bay say excess nitrogen from septic systems, stormwater runoff and wastewater treatment can cause algae blooms that choke off oxygen that marine life needs. EPA spokeswoman Paula Ballentine says the agency is committed to reducing nitrogen levels. via Environmental Groups Sue EPA On Cape Cod Pollution

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State OKs Millstone permit; anti-nuke group pledges fight

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

DEP spells out requirements as coalition charges ‘collusion’ The state Department of Environmental Protection on Monday approved the renewal of a controversial water-discharge permit for the Millstone nuclear power complex in Waterford, but the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone vowed to fight the move, saying it will assure the destruction of the Niantic River winter flounder.

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20 minutes with Aspectuck Land Trust’s David Brant

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

20 minutes with Aspectuck Land Trust’s David Brant | by Tom Henry, Fairfield Minuteman.



CT DPH Launches Environmental Health Tool

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

Connecticut’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network allows users to take a closer look at environmental health data to better protect the health of the people of Connecticut In continuing efforts to protect the health of the people of Connecticut from environmental hazards, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today the launch of its

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Unclaimed deposits could enhance state’s recycling infrastructure: CRRA

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

Recently you may have heard or read that the state isn’t taking in as much money from unclaimed deposits on plastic water bottles as some officials had hoped.

In 2009 Connecticut expanded its bottle bill to put five-cent deposits on plastic water bottles, the same deposit Connecticut consumers pay on beer and soda bottles and cans. But where the bottlers and distributors keep the nickels from unredeemed beer and soda containers, the state would keep the unclaimed water deposits.



New microbe discovered eating oil spill in Gulf

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

WASHINGTON – A newly discovered type of oil-eating microbe is suddenly flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf following the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. And the microbe works without significantly depleting oxygen in

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DEP approves Millstone water permit

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

The state Department of Environmental Protection has renewed the water discharge permit for the Millstone nuclear power complex in Waterford but is requiring the plant operator to take steps to protect aquatic life and to weigh alternatives to the site’s current water-cooling system.



Transit measures are self-defeating

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

The MTA wants to eliminate a 2 percent discount on people who buy monthly tickets, the 4 percent discount for people who also use the MetroCard, invalidate 10-trip tickets after three months, rather than the year duration that exists now, and invalidate round-trip tickets after seven days instead of three months. via Transit measures are

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DOT overrode Blumenthal, kept firm on hire list

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

STAMFORD — As the $65 million first phase of the Stamford Urban Transitway nears completion, the project’s general contractor is due to stand trial next month in an alleged fraud scheme to overcharge for work on a New York shopping mall. via DOT overrode Blumenthal, kept firm on hire list – StamfordAdvocate. More on the

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Quarry Head, Harrison Smith Preserves restored to pre-colonial splendor

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

Quarry Head and Harrison Smith Preserves have been restored to their pre-colonial splendor — with the exception of drill holes and long flat planes on the granite ledges — and serve as a prime locale for scenic hiking. via Quarry Head, Harrison Smith Preserves restored to pre-colonial splendor – Connecticut Post.



Connecticut recognized as top green power purchaser

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

For the third year in a row, the State of Connecticut has been named one of only three states making EPA’s top 50 list of national Green Power Partners, ranking 36th on that list. This year, Connecticut will be purchasing more than 107 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, which is enough green power to meet 17 percent of the state’s purchased electricity use



More Sophisticated Rigs Drill Deeper Still for Oil

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

The $3 billion rig Perdido can pump oil from dozens of wells nearly two miles under the sea while simultaneously drilling new ones. It is part of a wave of ultra-deep platforms — all far more sophisticated than the rig that was used to drill the ill-fated BP well that blew up in April



Sierra Club Endorses Richard Blumenthal for the U.S. Senate

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club, in conjunction with the national Sierra Club, announces its endorsement of candidate Richard Blumenthal for election as U.S. senator from Connecticut.



AG, DEP Win Injunction To Stop Illegal Logging

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal won a court injunction today that stops illegal logging in multiple Connecticut towns where extensive unpermitted tree harvesting – enough timber to build about 75 houses – has already caused significant environmental damage.



Pennsylvania coal plants face big changes under planned EPA pollution-control rules

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

Pennsylvanians would benefit the most, said the EPA’s Sam Napolitano, director of the Clean Air Markets Division. That is because of a high population base and potentially large emission reductions here and upwind.



Bridgeport Community Land Trust Annual Garden Contest 2010

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

Judging to take place 9 am-11 am on Thursday, Sept. 2, by members of the Greater Bridgeport Men’s Garden Club. Please have a representative available to open your garden gate and to give a presentation.

Awards Ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the picnic grove opposite the main bathhouse at Seaside Park.



CT eyes Mass. renewable energy bill

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

Connecticut may get a boost from Massachusetts in meeting the Nutmeg State’s renewable energy goals, as the Massachusetts state Senate is trying again to pass a bill supporters say will streamline the location of wind power facilities in Massachusetts, The Associated Press reports. By 2020, the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control wants 23 percent

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