Archive for June 2012

Disease of tomato and potato — late blight — confirmed in New Haven June 20

Jun 22nd, 2012 | By

University of Connecticut Home & Garden Education Center   For immediate release:                                                                                  June 20, 2012 An important disease of tomato and potato, late blight, has been confirmed in New Haven County on June 20th.  This disease can kill plants rapidly under favorable weather conditions including rainfall or high humidity and moderate temperatures.  Disease will not

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Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Expands with Help of The Nature Conservancy

Jun 22nd, 2012 | By

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently partnered with The Nature Conservancy to purchase nearly 50 acres of forested land for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. The tract is near the convergence of Pine Brook and the Salmon River in Haddam Neck, Conn.



Old Pollution Problems Continue To Plague Gas Station Industry | Courant.co

Jun 22nd, 2012 | By

Connecticut’s gas station owners failed this year to get the legislature to extend indefinitely a state cleanup fund for leaky tanks, but they are using the withdrawal of an insurance company as a chance to re-open the argument. At issue is who should pay for soil and water remediation after gasoline leaks from underground storage

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America the Possible: A Manifesto, Part II | James Gustave Speth

Jun 21st, 2012 | By

WE NEED A COMPELLING VISION for a new future, a vision of a better country—America the Possible—that is still within our power to reach. The deep, transformative changes sketched in the first half of this manifesto provide a path to America the Possible. But that path is only brought to life when we can combine

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Berlin plans to acquire Chotkowski property

Jun 21st, 2012 | By

Berlin Mayor Adam Salina announced that the Town of Berlin and the Berlin Land Trust, Inc. are working to acquire two parcels on Chamberlain Highway from the Chotkowski Family.



Report: New York Smart Growth Law Makes Progress, Could Improve

Jun 21st, 2012 | By

In 2010, Albany passed an important bill that directed state agencies to make infrastructure spending decisions in accordance with smart growth principles, but observers cautioned that the legislation’s success hinged on robust implementation. A recently released report examines just that issue. Empire State Future’s “Smarter Growth: The Implementation of the Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy

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Hearings slated for new Milford Plan of Conservation and Development

Jun 21st, 2012 | By

The Planning and Zoning Board is holding a series of three public meetings to gather and exchange information on four topics for the update of the Plan of Conservation and Development. The meetings will be coordinated by Alan Plattus of the Yale Urban Design For more on this story, visit: Milford Mirror | Hearings slated

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United Technologies to sell more businesses

Jun 21st, 2012 | By

Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes, speaking at an investor analysts conference in Chicago, said United Technologies is now looking at “strategic alternatives” for UTC Power, the company’s fuel cell business, and a “couple other” subsidiaries.



Inspection finds minor safety problem at Millstone

Jun 21st, 2012 | By

A major inspection of Units 2 and 3 at the Millstone Power Station resulted in one finding of a safety problem of very low significance, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Wednesday. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Inspection finds minor safety problem at Millstone | News from southeastern Connecticut.



Connecticut Audubon Society gets grant to improve access to sanctuaries in Milford, Fairfield

Jun 21st, 2012 | By

The Connecticut Audubon Society recently received a $30,000 grant to refurbish two special-use trails in Milford and Fairfield that will allow greater accessibility to its sanctuaries.



EBay Plans Data Center That Will Use Alternative Energy

Jun 21st, 2012 | By

EBay plans to build a data center to handle its billions of dollars in retail transactions that will draw its power from alternative energy fuel cells rather than the national power grid, which is heavily dependent on coal plants.



Connecticut must tap transit corridor potential | Tom Condon, Courant.com

Jun 21st, 2012 | By

Without transit-oriented development, sprawl will continue unabated.



GreenTowns launches enhanced local pages

Jun 20th, 2012 | By

GreenTowns.com, the national network for local sustainability, has announced new products and services to connect and support green efforts in 15,000 communities across America.



Clean Water Fund hiring 3 full-time organizers

Jun 19th, 2012 | By

Clean Water Fund’s Connecticut office is hiring three full-time community clean energy organizers to work on residential energy efficiency and renewable energy outreach from summer 2012 until April 2013. This team will work to create a replicable national model demonstrating how grassroots community organizing can engage communities to make energy smart choices! The Project: Neighbor

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State says it cost $600000 to clean up abandoned factory

Jun 19th, 2012 | By

Authorities say a Windsor Locks business owner charged with violating state hazardous waste laws left behind barrels of cyanide and other dangerous materials almost a year after his business closed in 2007, costing the state and federal government $600,000 in cleanup costs. For more on this story, visit: State says it cost $600000 to clean up

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New regulations aim for cleaner air

Jun 19th, 2012 | By

When the electricity went out in the October nor’easter, generators and wood stoves started heating up, and people began coughing. “We started to get more office visits,” said Dr. Abhijith Hegde, a pulmonologist with Western Connecticut Health Network. “There was a little spike of visits to the emergency department.” For more on this story, visit:

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Connecticut’s leafy residential landscape found to be factor in extended power outages

Jun 19th, 2012 | By

Extended power outages linked to residents’ embrace of ‘wildland-urban interface’ Connecticut’s unique residential development patterns made the state more vulnerable to extended power outages and other impacts from Tropical Storm Irene and the October snowstorm. That was one of the findings in the state Council on Environmental Quality annual report on the condition of Connecticut’s

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Alexion Pharmeceuticals now Connecticut’s 4th ‘First Five’ project

Jun 19th, 2012 | By

NEW HAVEN — With one dropout, the state had only approved three “First Five” projects before the announcement today of financial help for Alexion Pharmeceuticals, which will be the main tenant at Carter Winstanley’s biotech building at the heart of the ambitious reclamation of Route 34 downtown. For more on this story, visit: Alexion Pharmeceuticals

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Submissions For Canton Land Trust Art Contest Due June 21

Jun 19th, 2012 | By

The deadline for the Canton Land Trust’s art contest is approaching. Digital submissions and applications must be sent to rohlfingjohn@yahoo.com by June 21. For more on this story, visit: Submissions For Canton Land Trust Art Contest Due June 21 – Courant.com.



Governor signs open space law

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

Connecticut residents who are concerned about conservation have reason to be optimistic this week.

Governor Malloy signed a new law on Friday — Public Act No. 12-152, An Act Concerning the State’s Open Space Plan — that requires Connecticut to devise a formal strategy for protecting open space, and to update it every five years. That’s good news because Connecticut’s official goal is to protect 21 percent of the land in the state, and it’s obviously easier to reach a goal if you have a plan for getting there.