Archive for January 31st, 2012

CFE and Save the Sound to focus on Long Island Sound, other issues, this legislative session

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

CFE and Save the Sound are proposing that the legislature engage in initiatives that would educate home buyers, renters and property owners about energy efficiency; encourage more investment in building energy efficiency; increase bi-state coordination between Connecticut and New York state legislators on Long Island Sound policies; create jobs and protect clean water through collaborations with Connecticut Marine Trades Association and the Clean Water Investment Coalition; support Clean Water Fund FY 2012 authorizations; ensure investments are made in new transit services and promote federal funding for rail and bus transit; promote the role of natural landscapes in mitigating the effects of floods and major storms; and defend against bills that seek to weaken or roll back environmental protections. Click on this environmental headline for the complete news from CFE.



Get Your Home or Apartment Weatherized for free — but you must Sign Up Today in New Haven!

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

Check out this opportunity if you get the chance………. Sick of those high utility bills? Well we have just the solution for you! The City of New Haven is offering free home and apartment energy assessments to city residents this winter. A typical assessment can save over $250 per year on your utility bills! (That’s

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Opinion: Sound advice to save our Sound

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), is the ranking minority member of the House’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee and a member of the Congressional Long Island Sound Caucus. Leah Schmalz is director of legal and legislative affairs for Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment. The Long Island Sound recently received a

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CT governor creates recycling working group to reduce waste and lower costs

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced that he is establishing an eleven-member working group to analyze and make recommendations on how the state can modernize its approach to recycling, reduce waste through improved materials management and lower costs for municipalities and consumers. “Last year, unlike other states, we did not balance the

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Vermont Yankee Pollution Puts Fish in Hot Water

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

“The recent Vermont Yankee court decision said the State of Vermont can’t trump the federal government when it comes to issues of nuclear safety. But the same ruling affirmed Vermont’s continuing authority for oversight of other Yankee issues, like enforcement of the Clean Water Act. That’s good, because when your next-door neighbor is a nuclear power plant, their bad housekeeping is more than just a nuisance.” David Deen, Upper Valley River Steward for the Connecticut River Watershed Council writes. Click on this environmental headline for more of this opinion piece on the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.



UTC PureCell System Lands at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center’s Mount Sinai Campus

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center received a UTC Power PureCell Model 400 system on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.The system will provide clean, reliable on-site power at the St. Francis Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital campus on Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford. The fuel cell from UTC Power will provide 400kw of clean, reliable power to Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, serving nearly half of the building’s electrical needs.



Don’t Let Your Yard Become a Wildlife Sanctuary

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

Animal advocates and hunters disagree about the best way to control wildlife intruders that find their way into your backyard. But animal advocates, hunters and wildlife experts agree that development encroaches on wildlife habitats, forcing many species to venture into the suburbs to seek food and shelter. And now deer, coyotes, fox, raccoons and even

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Storms be damned: Microgrids offer potential for greater energy reliability

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

Late last year Central Connecticut State University in New Britain added a 1.4 megawatt fuel cell from Fuel Cell Energy to its existing 2.5 megawatt cogeneration plant, a couple of months too late, however, for the snowstorm. “If we had the fuel cell, it would have pretty much operated the whole campus,” said plant facilities engineer Rob Gagne.



Q&A with Audubon land manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

In the 17 years Andy Rzeznikiewicz has been land manager for the Connecticut Audubon Society Grassland Bird Conservation Center in Pomfret, the land under his protection has grown from 154 acres to 700. For more than three years, Rzeznikiewicz has been at the front of efforts by Pomfret to purchase land or development rights in

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Biodiesel plant opens in Bridgeport

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

Bridgeport Biodiesel, which converts used cooking oil into biodiesel, opened in Bridgeport’s West End neighborhood Monday.



Beardsley Zoo Gets Grant

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

Beardsley Zoo says it’s receiving a $78,000 grant to help it train youths in wildlife conservation. The three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will support the Bridgeport zoo’s Conservation Discovery Corps teen program. For more on this story, visit: Beardsley Zoo Gets Grant « CBS Connecticut.



Life as a river | Suzanne Thompson via The Day

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

What’s a first-time father, at age 41, fresh out of the Alaskan wilds where he counted fish for wildlife agencies, supposed to do for work in New York City, months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers? For Connecticut native Mike Freeman, a reflective Gen X guy who feels more comfortable sidestepping grizzly bears in the

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State bioscience project gets $291 billion

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

The normally placid State Bond Commission on Monday staged a 15-minute debate on Connecticut’s commitment to bioscience before Democrats, led by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, sealed the $291 million deal with a Maine-based firm. The 10-year-long bond-issuance deal, part of a memorandum of understanding signed Monday with Jackson Laboratory, sets the scene for a $1-billion-plus

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NRC disputes contentions in VY water quality suit

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

In its official response to a complaint in federal court, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission accused the state of Vermont of sitting on its hands when given the chance to properly raise issues before the agency. Because of its inaction, claimed the NRC, Vermont has no standing to question the validity of the license renewal granted

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Regulators Issue Violation Notice To Connecticut Yankee Over Foreign Ownership

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissionhas issued a “Notice of Violation” to the Connecticut Yankee nuclear facility over the apparent partial ownership by two foreign companies of the dismantled power plant on the Connecticut River in Haddam Neck. Although the plant was idled in 1996 and fully decommissioned in 2007, it is still considered a nuclear

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Keeping young residents: Keeping young residents in Connecticut means making cities attractive | Nichole Strack via The Hartford Courant

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

I live in Connecticut partly by choice, but mostly by coincidence. I left Ohio to attend Trinity College in Hartford on a full scholarship. When I graduated, I faced two options. I could leave Connecticut and start fresh in Tampa, Fla., living for free with my favorite grandparent, or I could accept the job that

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