Archive for March 2011

Yale prof awarded Natural Products Association’s Rachel Carson Environmental Award

Mar 30th, 2011 | By

Yale chemistry professor Paul Anastas, the director for the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale, was awarded the Natural Products Association’s Rachel Carson Environmental Award.

New study considers Lyme disease, pesticides

Mar 30th, 2011 | By

Hopping ticks and Lyme disease are the focus of a new collaborative study led in Connecticut by the Yale Emerging Infections Program.

Opening New Lands for Mining — Obama’s Biggest Energy Blunder?

Mar 29th, 2011 | By

In a move that is likely to go down as one of the largest energy policy blunders of the Obama years, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has announced the opening of the door for 2.35 billion tons of new coal mining operations in Wyoming’s stretch of the Powder River Basin.

The Powder River Basin, like most coal producing regions in the county, is not certified as such. Meaning, mining operations in the area do not entirely fall under the rubric of the Federal Coal Leasing Amendments Act of 1976.

Schneiderman files petition forcing Indian Point to comply with federal regulations

Mar 28th, 2011 | By

Amid new fire safety concerns, Indian Point seeks to dodge federal regulations developed to keep nuclear power plants secure in fire emergencies, according to the NY A.G.’s office.

Today’s petition is latest action in Schneiderman’s vigilance of Indian Point, follows lawsuit on nuclear waste storage and appeal to study seismic risk.

Rockfall Spring Open House and Reception 5 p.m., April 7, Middletown

Mar 28th, 2011 | By

The Rockfall Foundation of Middlesex County is holding its Open House Reception on April 7, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at its deKoven House Community Center to welcome its new Executive Director, Claire Rusowicz.

Lawmaker Cuts Deal with Pesticide Lobby

Mar 28th, 2011 | By

In return for a pledge from the pesticide lobby not to roll back existing pesticide laws, Rep. Richard Roy, D-Milford, promised that the Environment Committee would not raise any new pesticide bills this year.

LETTER: New Haven storm water move is ‘political power grab’?

Mar 26th, 2011 | By

I keep reading about a proposed storm water authority and the roof and parking lot tax resulting from its creation. I think New Haven’s mayor has a very hard job and I am reluctant to criticize him. However, sometimes he has bad ideas.

DEP Announces 2011 Year of the Turtle Children’s Art Contest

Mar 24th, 2011 | By

The Connecticut DEP and the Friends of Sessions Woods, as part of the Year of the Turtle awareness campaign with Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, are sponsoring a turtle art contest for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Study: Smoke from Wood-Burning Heaters Damages DNA

Mar 20th, 2011 | By

A new study confirms what Environment and Human Health, Inc., has been saying for two years, EHHI president Nancy Alderman writes. “Outdoor wood furnaces are dangerous to human health.” Recent scientific studies revealed that airborne particles in wood smoke can trigger gene changes and DNA damage similar to those caused by car exhaust and cigarette smoke, according to Environmental Health News.

CT Farm Bureau names Talmage Executive Director

Mar 20th, 2011 | By

The Connecticut Farm Bureau, the voice for Connecticut Farmers, has named current Connecticut Farmland Trust Executive Director Henry Talmage as its new Executive Director. Talmage replaces Steven Reviczky who was appointed Connecticut’s new Commissioner of Agriculture in January

CCE Staffer Dereth Glance nominated for International Joint Commission

Mar 20th, 2011 | By

CCE Executive Program Coordinator Dereth Glance has been nominated by the Obama Administration to serve on the International Joint Commission to represent the U.S. on issues pertaining to our shared boundary waters with Mexico and Canada.

Watch the Environmental Headlines video featuring Dan Esty. It’s in the website’s sidebar!

Mar 15th, 2011 | By

This is the coolest thing for The Headlines since the 3M mouse that would save my wrist if I had one (of the mouses)! And it may help us to get some funding from some wonderful funding sources. That would help keep us afloat as we travel down this sustainability road that will lead to

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Canton Resident Hopes To Run For Selectman On Green Party Ticket

Mar 14th, 2011 | By

CANTON — — A casual comment expressing dissatisfaction with local government spiraled into a run for office for a local 64-year-old. “I said, ‘I just don’t understand what’s wrong with these people; I can do a better job at this,’ ” Benedict “Ben” Holden said. “And several people said, ‘I have no doubt that you

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Four vie for District 148 seat in Stamford

Mar 13th, 2011 | By

STAMFORD — A handful of candidates are running for Stamford’s District 148 state representative seat left vacant by former state Rep. Carlo Leone, who won a Feb. 22 special election to fill a vacancy in state Senate District 27. Read more here: Four vie for District 148 seat in Stamford – Stamford News – The

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Strategy board urges openness in transportation planning

Mar 10th, 2011 | By

At what could be the group’s final meeting, Transportation Strategy Board Chairman Bruce Alexander and other members of the legislatively appointed board stressed to Department of Transportation officials Wednesday the importance of public forums when prioritizing projects.

Costco Pulls Threatened Fish from Stores

Mar 10th, 2011 | By

On top of stopping the sales of red-listed seafood, Costco is working towards developing a more sustainable tuna industry.

Tuna fishing is one of the most damaging seafood industries around and is in dire need of a more sustainable method of meeting industry demands. Greenpeace will continue to monitor Costco to make sure that it follows through with their proposed changes.

The Care2 (Make a Difference) website describeds this as “a huge victory.”

PPL sells US power generating assets for $381m

Mar 10th, 2011 | By

The transaction includes the 244MW Wallingford gas-fired plant in Connecticut.

Flood waters force residents from homes

Mar 10th, 2011 | By

Cresting rivers and rising flood waters are forcing many Connecticut residents out of their homes, washing cars and homes into rivers along the Pomperaug River and elsewhere in Connecticut.

Capital Power buys Bridgeport Energy for US$355M

Mar 10th, 2011 | By

Capital Power Corp. said Tuesday it has signed a deal to buy Bridgeport Energy LLC and its 520-megawatt gas-fired power plant in Bridgeport, Conn., for $355 million.

Esty planning to launch an energy-use revolution | The Connecticut Mirror

Mar 10th, 2011 | By

For many people, the image of the state Department of Environmental Protection is frozen in the 1970s, when it was established to clean up the earth, air and water. For the man tapped to lead the merger of DEP with the state’s utility regulation agency, the new mission is to use the environmental imperative to

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