Archive for February 2011

Reflections on right to water | IATP: Think Forward

Feb 26th, 2011 | By

Bolivian President Evo Morales has said “water is a basic public need that must not be managed by private interests, but should be for all people, including people of rural areas.” And while some might disagree with his assertion that water should not be managed by private interests, few would challenge the idea that water should be for all.



A Q&A with Green Party candidate Rolf Maurer | The Advocate

Feb 26th, 2011 | By

STAMFORD — On Tuesday night, Green Party candidate Rolf Maurer’s election headquarters was Curly’s Diner. He had spent the day visiting polling stations to raise awareness for his write-in candidacy for the open state senate seat representing District 27. After the polls closed, Maurer went to Curley’s and waited for the results of the special

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bills now under discussion in the legislature would affect our environment | CTLCV

Feb 23rd, 2011 | By

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has updated their online watchlist. It includes 38 bills — some good, some bad — that would affect aspects of our environment ranging from air quality, energy, enforcement, land use & land conservation, toxics, health, waste management, transportation, and water. Environmental Headlines officially deems this “important stuff.”



Toll Brothers continue plan to build on Cedar Mountain

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By

The Toll Bros. made a presentation about their plans for Cedar Mountain at the town meeting tonight, Kelly Mowchan reports on Facebook.



Dam Removal: Group Pursues Funding for Dam Removal

Feb 21st, 2011 | By

SIMSBURY — The Farmington River Watershed Association is pursuing funding to support a plan to remove a breached dam that is causing problems for fish, wildlife and recreational users of the river. Located in the town’s Tariffville section between Bloomfield and East Granby, the Spoonville Dam was built in the late 19th century to deliver

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Deer being euthanized to protect birds on island

Feb 21st, 2011 | By

MILFORD, Conn. —Connecticut officials say more than a dozen deer that have wandered onto a 14-acre island during low tide will be euthanized to prevent them from starving and to protect a large breeding colony of heron and egrets. Read more here: Deer being euthanized to protect birds on island – Courant.com.



Conn. AG Jepsen joins in nuclear protest

Feb 21st, 2011 | By

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said he will join officials in Vermont and New York state in appealing a federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission decision to double the time in which spent nuclear fuel can be stored at reactor sites. The NRC extension to 60 years past the licensed life of the reactor was made in

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Plastic bag proposal trashed

Feb 20th, 2011 | By

HARTFORD — A bill aimed at discouraging the use of plastic grocery bags has been bagged. Read more here: Plastic bag proposal canned: Bill would have charged 5 cents per bag at Conn. grocery stores – The Middletown Press : Serving Middletown, CT.



Developer: Thompson plant could power 50 homes

Feb 20th, 2011 | By

A hydroelectric plant at the former Wilsonville Mill site in Thompson could produce enough energy to provide a year’s worth of electricity to more than 50 homes, according to a proposal.



Towns Considering CL&P’s Streetlight Shutoffs Program

Feb 20th, 2011 | By

The voluntary program offers commercial and municipal CL&P customers the option of installing programmable photo cells that would turn the lights on at dusk and off at midnight, according to CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross.



Mayor Finch to Receive Connecticut Green Building Council Award

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

Mayor Bill Finch will receive an award from the Connecticut Green Building Council, an organization that promotes intelligently designed and constructed high-performance energy-efficient buildings. Read more here: Connecticut Postings – Connecticut Post newsroom blog – Connecticut News.



State to Sue Federal Regulators Over Nuclear Waste Storage

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

Connecticut is teaming up with New York and Vermont to sue federal regulators over their decision to allow nuclear power plants to store waste for up to 60 years. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission previously had a 30-year limit on storage. Read more here: State to Sue Federal Regulators Over Nuclear Waste Storage | NBC Connecticut.

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Lawmakers Question Whether HOV Lanes Should Be Open To All

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

The state delighted environmentalists and transit advocates in the early ’90s by building HOV lanes around Greater Hartford to encourage carpools, vanpools and public transit, The Hartford Courant reports.



Hebron school is candidate for solar

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

bron, Conn. — The Board of Education is applying for a grant that would allow for the installation of solar panels at Gilead Hill School at no cost.



Environment, Energy department merger makes sense, as does Esty

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

Though the acronym may elicit a smile, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s merger of the departments of Environmental Protection and Public Utility Control into a new agency — the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (or DEEP) — should streamline that chunk of state government and foster economic growth. The consolidation is a major part of

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Malloy Budget Tackles Transportation Challenges Head On, Mobilizing the Region reports

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

Malloy promised to hold the line on bus and rail fare increases, except for an already planned 1%-per-year increase on Metro-North which will pay for the new rail cars.



Highway Tolls: A Way To Cut Connecticut’s Gas Tax?

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

Commuters and retailers in Enfield and Danbury share one reaction to the idea of highway tolls at the state’s borders: “Forget it.” In the New London region, though, a different toll proposal gets a much warmer reaction.



Busway Battle Appears Headed To Final Rounds

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

‘In two months we could have 900 people working,’ U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. RELATED: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is faced with his first major transportation policy decision: After a dozen years of planning, should the state proceed with its first true rapid-transit project, a $570 million Hartford-to-New Britain busway? With a press conference today, environmentalists,

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River water quality improvement projects sought

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

Nonprofits, municipalities and schools in the Connecticut River watershed in Connecicut and Massachusetts are invited to submit applications for grants to fund projects that will result in improved river water quality, ecosystem health, public awareness or recreational access to the river.



Conn. DEP to hunt deer on island off Milford

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

State DEP spokesman Dwayne Gardner said they will hunt deer that are not in good physical shape for two to three days.