Archive for June 2012

Newly approved transportation bill is a clear step backwards

Jun 30th, 2012 | By

More than 1,000 days after the last transportation bill expired, Congress finally voted to approve a new transportation bill just moments ago. Unfortunately for those hoping for a bold step into the future, this bill represents a definite step backwards, the last gasp of an outdated 20th century program. This bill was fast-tracked after the

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DEEP: All State Shoreline Swimming Areas Open for Holiday Weekend

Jun 29th, 2012 | By

Chatfield Hollow Swimming Area in Killingworth Remains Closed – All other State Inland Swimming Areas Open for Weekend             The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that all shoreline and inland beaches with the exception of Chatfield Hollow, Killingworth are open for the upcoming holiday weekend.  Chatfield Hollow is being retested

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Health Care Law is Upheld; Asthma Foundation Urges Full Implementation

Jun 29th, 2012 | By

Health Care Law is Upheld; AAFA Urges Full Implementation to Keep the Promise For Millions of Americans Environmental Headlines encourages rational discussion of the issue on the blog and on Facebook   The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) Comments on Supreme Court’s Decision Upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Washington, DC, June 28,

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Induced Earthquakes A Potential Hazard for Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide

Jun 29th, 2012 | By

The world is burning fossil fuels at an ever-increasing rate, resulting in increased release of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This results in an increase in the long-term globally averaged temperature. Consequently there is great interest in developing carbon capture and storage in geological repositories to help abate the increase in atmospheric

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Study Confirms Presence of Contaminants in Some New England Bedrock Groundwater, ID´s New Concerns, Determines Likely Locations

Jun 29th, 2012 | By

Potentially harmful levels of naturally occurring arsenic, uranium, radium, radon and manganese have been found in some bedrock groundwater that supplies drinking water wells in New England, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. While the presence of contaminants, such as arsenic, in some groundwater was already known, this new study identifies several that hadn’t been previously identified. This new report also provides information on the type of bedrock geologic formations where high concentrations are most likely to be found, which will help identify areas most at risk of contamination.



MowGreen Augmenting Push Reels with Cordless Electric Rotary

Jun 29th, 2012 | By

Reel mowers are like many little scissors snipping the grass, which is why they are healthier for the grass than rotary power mowers which rip the grass rather than clip it. However, sometimes the cut is smoother with rotaries, especially when grass gets too long for reel mowers to be effective. Click on this environmental headline for more from one of our favorite supporters!



Greenleaf Biofuels ready for September biodiesel opening in Connecticut

Jun 29th, 2012 | By

The plant, which will utilize waste cooking oil and other recycled fats and oils, intends to focus on in-state distribution, with some added offtake to New York, and will hire up to 20 local employees.



Greenwich woman gifts a historic property to Greenwich Land Trust

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

There’s a corner on a back country road in Greenwich that will forever keep its rural atmosphere, thanks to landowner Louise Mueller’s recent gift of her property on Old Mill and Round Hill Roads to the Greenwich Land Trust. For more on this story, visit: Landmark decision: Greenwich woman gifts a historic property to Greenwich

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Recycling mattresses in Bridgeport

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

Community leaders gathered in Bridgeport Wednesday to mark the opening of the first nonprofit mattress recycling facility in the Northeast. For more on this story, visit: Recycling mattresses in Bridgeport | WTNH.com Connecticut.



Connecticut House passes Collinsville Dams legislation for new power source

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

“These two dams are already a beloved and long-standing symbol of the Farmington’s Valley’s rich history. With the House’s vote today, we can help make them a symbol of the Valley’s future as well — retrofitting them to provide clean energy to power thousands of Connecticut homes and businesses.” Murphy said.



Study: Long Island in Sea Level ‘Hotspot’

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

A new study finds that a broad coastal zone is prone to higher rates of rising sea levels: Is Long Island sinking? A new scientific study places Long Island in the middle of a 600-mile coastal “hotspot” that researchers say is experiencing higher rates of sea level increases. The bottom line implication is that, over

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Historical Aerial Photos of Connecticut’s Coastline Now Available Online

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

The consequences of major weather events on Connecticut’s coast, major waterways, and natural resources are easier to understand, now that historical aerial photographs of the state’s coast covering the past 40 years are available online.



Hartford Wins $10 Million for Smart Growth

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

A federal grant of $10 million is set to help Hartford become a city of bikers, walkers, and public transportation users instead of drivers.



Connecticut clean energy financing program to launch in 2013

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

Officials with the state’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority say they expect to launch the program early next year.



Obama Administration OKs Portion of TransCanada’s Tar Sands Pipeline

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

Company received permit from Army Corps of Engineers to begin building southern portion of its Keystone XL pipeline The Obama administration gave TransCanada the OK to build the southern portion of its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline on Tuesday. The company still needs two other permits to build the other portions of the Keystone XL,

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Several Conn. swimming areas closed

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

State officials say poor water quality has forced the closure of several state park swimming areas. For more on this story, visit: Several Conn. swimming areas closed | WTNH.com Connecticut.



Report ranks Connecticut low in beach quality

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

With temperatures expected to hit the 80s and 90s over the next few days, many people will likely head to the beach to cool off.

But an NRDC report showed that might be a risky proposition because the water quality at the state’s beaches is among the nation’s worst. Of Connecticut’s beaches, areas with the worst water quality included Short Beach in Stratford.



Cut to pest control program leaves farms vulnerable this summer

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

Joe DeFrancesco stands midfield surveying a swath of healthy, red-tasseled sweet corn he figures is a week from harvest … A joint program between the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a function of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been helping DeFrancesco with pest management the past two

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A note about Environmental Headlines’ paywall

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

Here’s the note about our paywall: We don’t have one. Environmental Headlines is, still, a free service. Our mission is to deliver Connecticut environmental news that creates real change. That means blogging all of today’s environmental headlines for everyone to read—for free. While other news websites are moving to monthly fees, we are staying free

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Schneiderman Lauds Federal Court Affirmation of Key National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regs

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

Schneiderman: Critical Victory In Addressing Real And Present Danger Posed By Climate Change NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has applauded a sweeping federal U.S. Court of Appeals decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark regulations limiting the emission of greenhouse gas air pollutants from motor vehicles, power plants and other large

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