Archive for February 2012

Union of Concerned Scientists singles out Millstone incident as one of two ‘most threatening’ in nation in 2011

Feb 29th, 2012 | By

In a report released Tuesday, the Union of Concerned Scientists ranked an incident at Millstone last year as one of two of the “most threatening” safety lapses at U.S. nuclear power plants in 2011.

In an e-mail message, NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan took issue with the UCS’s characterization of the Millstone 2 event as a “near miss.”



How Green Are Today’s Modular Homes?

Feb 29th, 2012 | By

For more than a hundred years, modular has been touted as the next big thing in home building. But neither companies as practical as Sears Roebuck, which offered a house in a box in 1908, nor architects as visionary as Frank Lloyd Wright, who introduced a line of prefabricated houses three years later, have been

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Clarifying record on emissions

Feb 29th, 2012 | By

As a fellow registered professional engineer, I am writing to clarify the information provided by Mr. Neumann (Connecticut Post, Feb. 16) regarding electric cars and carbon emissions. It is true that most of the electrical energy consumed in the Bridgeport area is produced by coal fired plants and that adding electric cars to the consumption

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Connecticut NOFA: Organic Farmers’ Suit Against Monsanto Dismissed

Feb 29th, 2012 | By

New York, NY – Judge Naomi Buchwald’s February 24 decision dismissing the case of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto was met with great disappointment by organic farmers, seed growers and agricultural organizations, including CT NOFA—and a renewed commitment to fight on. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut NOFA: Organic

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Introducing the Branford River Gateway

Feb 29th, 2012 | By

The Branford River Gateway Project involved the cooperation of Connecticut Department of Transportation, Amtrak, the Town of Branford, neighbors, the Department of Environmental Protection, Tabor Church and Cemetery and the Branford Land Trust. For more on this story, visit: Introducing the Branford River Gateway – Branford, CT Patch.



Call of the wild: Responding to the environments cries for help

Feb 29th, 2012 | By

This is the third and final installment in Greenwich Citizen’s series on what we have called “The Green Team,” those ecologically-minded movers and shakers in town who are working to help Greenwich through some trying environmental challenges. Ted Gilman, senior education specialist at Audubon Greenwich, thinks an educated public is key to saving the local environment.

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State Senate Approves Controversial Milford Recycling Bill

Feb 29th, 2012 | By

HARTFORD — The Senate approved a controversial bill Wednesday to restore the right of municipalities to regulate solid waste facilities. The move stems from a long-running dispute over the proposed expansion of a recycling business in Milford. For more on this story, visit: State Senate Approves Controversial Milford Recycling Bill – Courant.com.



Jonathan Schrag: State Environmental Official Fired Over Menacing Phone Call

Feb 29th, 2012 | By

Jonathan Schrag, a deputy commissioner in the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, submitted his forced resignation Wednesday morning, a day after a Courant columnist disclosed that a menacing call was placed from Schrag’s cellphone to the leader of a conservative women’s group last week. His departure occurred less than 20 hours after Kevin

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ENE seeks a Policy Advocate in Hartford, Conn.

Feb 28th, 2012 | By

ENE (Environment Northeast) is seeking a Policy Advocate in our Hartford, Connecticut Office Responsibilities and Qualifications. The Policy Advocate will have a primary focus supporting ENE’s efforts to promote and implement energy efficiency, renewable and clean energy policy reforms in Connecticut and additional responsibilities furthering ENE’s work on developing, promoting and implementing sustainable transportation policies.

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Developers target intervenor rules: Vital environmental protection or sign of anti-business climate?

Feb 28th, 2012 | By

Developers and other business interests are gearing up for a legislative fight in an attempt to change one of Connecticut’s key environmental protection laws that they say is being abused and makes the state one of the most unfriendly places to do business. The law, known as 22a-19, is part of the landmark Connecticut Environmental

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Obama supports TransCanada’s bid to push ahead with part of oil pipeline | guardian.co.uk

Feb 28th, 2012 | By

Barack Obama helped put the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline back on track on Monday, endorsing construction on a key southern portion of the controversial project. The White House support for construction of a southern portion of the pipeline, running from Cushing, Oklahoma to Port Arthur, Texas, essentially unravels its rejection of the entire project

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INTERVIEW: Ellen Dunham-Jones’ ‘Big Design Project for the Next Generation’

Feb 28th, 2012 | By

In anticipation of the twentieth Congress for the New Urbanism coming up in May, Next American City will run interviews with several of the event’s key speakers and participants. To kick off the series, NAC spoke with Ellen Dunham-Jones, a professor of architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology and co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban

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Route 11: A classic case of Washington overreach

Feb 26th, 2012 | By

In November it would also be wise to remember our history. The first Congress passed twelve amendments and sent them to the states for consideration. Ten were ratified and they became the Bill of Rights. The people had just won their freedom and did not want to lose it to the new federal government. The

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Shoreline residents wary of rising sea level legislation

Feb 26th, 2012 | By

Tough decisions on how to best protect the state’s shoreline in light of considerable damage to homes from Tropical Storm Irene are not likely to be legislated until 2013 as Connecticut balances property rights with planning for rising sea levels. State Rep. James Albis, D-East Haven, will chair the Climate Change and Shoreline Preservation Task

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Audubon Society leaders: Budget shortchanges Long Island Sound cleanup

Feb 26th, 2012 | By

The leaders of the Connecticut and New York chapters of the National Audubon Society called on Congress Thursday to reverse proposed environmental cuts, saying President Barack Obama’s budget shortchanges Long Island Sound cleanup. “Now, more than ever, federal funds are needed for Long Island Sound in Connecticut,” Tom Baptist, executive director for Audubon Connecticut, said

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Region to Lose Key River Flood Gauge On Connecticut River

Feb 24th, 2012 | By

A crucial flood monitoring system used for 46 years on the Connecticut River in Middletown was shut down Friday because of a lack of federal funding, according to a meteorologist from the National Weather Service.



Boucher: Protect Open Space in Redding

Feb 24th, 2012 | By

State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26th) says the upcoming merger between Northeast Utilities (NU) and NSTAR raises the question of whether NU’s stewardship of nearly 9,500 acres of conservation land will be changed. In a letter released today, Sen. Toni Boucher is urging the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to renew a vital agreement contained

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Stamford Development Hits a Speed Bump

Feb 24th, 2012 | By

The question of how a redeveloped South End ought to coexist alongside a downtown that was itself brought back from the brink over the last decade has been sensitive from the start. Stamford is not like Manhattan, or Philadelphia, or even Boston, whose much larger populations “can therefore support multiple downtowns,” Ms. Goldstein said. For

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House restores local zoning over solid-waste facilities

Feb 24th, 2012 | By

The House approved and sent to the Senate an “emergency-certified” bill that restores local regulatory control over solid-waste facilities, a reaction to a court ruling in November in a Milford case involving a legislator’s husband. For more on this story, visit: House restores local zoning over solid-waste facilities | The Connecticut Mirror.



‘Virtual diving’ becomes a reality as 360-degree panoramas of Great Barrier Reef go online

Feb 24th, 2012 | By

Tens of thousands of 360-degree, high-definition panoramas of underwater forests, grasslands and crags will be taken by robot cameras, mapped and made available on the internet as a result of the collaboration, which will seek help from a global audience to assess the health and composition of the 2,300km-long reef.