Archive for June 2012

Rocky Hill Searches For Assistant Recycling Coordinator; salary and requirements raise eyebrows

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

The town is looking for someone to help oversee the duties at the transfer station while assisting with the day-to-day operations of recycling, compost and trash pickup in Rocky Hill. However, the almost $47,000 per year position and what it requires created some controversy with members of the council at a recent meeting. For more

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Three Companies Deny Illegal Discharge of Polluted Stormwater

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

At least three companies named in a lawsuit alleging they illegally discharged pollution into Connecticut’s waterways denied the charges on Wednesday, including one that said it has a filtration system that makes pollution “physically impossible.” For more on this story, visit: Three Companies Deny Illegal Discharge of Polluted Stormwater – Hartford Courant.



Thames River Basin Partnership to hold workshop 12:30-5 p.m. Friday

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

The Thames River Basin Partnership will host its 12th annual floating workshop from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with events celebrating the cleanup of the Willimantic River and the 40th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Thames River Basin Partnership to hold workshop |

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Route 11 another ‘stalled project’: Norwich Bulletin

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

There are two other projects in southeastern Connecticut — both offering huge economic potential for the region and the state — that have been allowed to languish for decades because of a lack of funding, and the leadership needed from the state. We are, of course, referring to Route 11 and the development of the

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State Sen. Michael McLachlan: Not a good General Assembly session for state’s taxpayers

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

… Money was raided and swept from other funds to cover operating deficits. Why does this happen? Because the folks in charge of the purse strings at the state Capitol are addicted to spending your money. The $573 million New Britain to Hartford busway is one example. So is the $600,000 that was spent on

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Downtown Crossing heads for final hurdle

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

After nearly a month-long delay, Downtown Crossing, the city’s largest redevelopment effort in a generation, is back on track for a vote by the full full Board of Aldermen. At a public hearing Thursday night held by the joint finance and legislation committee, aldermen heard opinions from community members on the zoning changes and the

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UConn Marine Scientists to Help Map the Sound

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

The Long Island Sound, the largest estuary in the Northeast, has long provided livelihoods and recreation for hundreds of thousands of people, and has been a subject of fascination, conservation, and controversy. Now for the first time, scientists will create comprehensive biological and geological maps of the Sound, including seafloor characteristics, water currents, and wildlife

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F&ES receives $230G for landowner partnership around Yale Myers Forest

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

The F&ES Quiet Corner Initiative that will engage nearby landowners in the management of the land surrounding the 12-square-mile forest. The initiative recently received $230,293 from the federal government to further implement and expand the partnership of landowners interested in learning about and practicing forestland stewardship.



Atty Gen: CT others win ‘major victory’ for more than 100 million Americans whose health is threatened by air pollution

Jun 16th, 2012 | By

Settlement Requires EPA to Update National Standards for Soot Pollution by End of the Year Connecticut and coalition of 10 other states win major victory for more than 100 million Americans whose health is threatened by this air pollution The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will produce updated national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) on

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CT Lawmakers OK Commercial PACE

Jun 16th, 2012 | By

by Michael Trahan, Executive Director, Solar Connecticut, Inc. The state Legislature wrapped up the 2012 bill-making season this week. A redo of the 2011 virtual net metering bill was proposed but didn’t get a vote. A property tax waiver on commercial solar passed the state House but time ran out before the state Senate could take

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Malloy sees $534 million in energy savings a year

Jun 15th, 2012 | By

Speaking before a throng of energy experts, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Connecticut ratepayers could save $534 million a year on their bills under a new state energy plan as he pledged to make Connecticut the most energy efficient state by the end of his first term. For more on this story, visit: Malloy sees

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Canton To Apply For ‘Solarize Connecticut’ Pilot Program

Jun 15th, 2012 | By

It may be easier for residents to purchase or lease solar panels in the future, if the town is chosen as a pilot community for the Solarize Connecticut program. The board of selectmen on Wednesday authorized the chief administrative officer to apply for the program, contingent on approval by the town’s energy committee. For more

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Hamden’s Newhall remediation project to reuse, recycle, resell (video)

Jun 14th, 2012 | By

Two houses in the Newhall remediation area are stripped to the studs and one is without a roof while the homes are deconstructed instead of razed. Urbanminers Inc., a Manila Avenue company that recycles and sells old products and building materials, is teaming up with the Hamden Economic Development Corporation to get the job done.

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Connecticut lawmakers approve $36M plan to address underground fuel tank cleanup program

Jun 14th, 2012 | By

HARTFORD — Having failed to approve a plan to increase funding for the state’s troubled underground fuel tank cleanup program during the regular 2012 legislative session, state lawmakers used Tuesday’s special session to pass a $36 million plan to address the issue over the next four years. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut lawmakers

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DEEP Announces the Formation of K-9 Unit

Jun 14th, 2012 | By

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Environmental Conservation Police (EnCon Police) has announced the formation of a K-9 unit.



Renewable Resources establishing U.S. HQ in Connecticut

Jun 14th, 2012 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced that Renewable Resources Inc, a Scottish solar development company, will open its United States headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. The company plans to hire 50 employees by the end of this year, with the potential for future expansion.



In Memoriam: F. Herbert Bormann

Jun 13th, 2012 | By

By Dave DeFusco F. Herbert Bormann, an ecologist at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) who along with Gene Likens discovered acid rain in North America, died on June 7 in North Branford. He was 90. Bormann joined the faculty at Yale in 1966 and taught there until his retirement in 1992.

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Record Year For Connecticut Shad: 1 Million Return To State To Spawn

Jun 13th, 2012 | By

It’s been a banner year for American shad – Connecticut’s state fish. Based on counts at the Holyoke dam on the Connecticut River, where migratory fish are tallied, state fisheries biologists estimate that nearly 1 million shad returned to the river this spring to spawn – making it the largest shad run in 20 years.

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Why did turtle cross the road? Probably to lay eggs

Jun 13th, 2012 | By

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection wants you to be on the lookout for turtles crossing Connecticut roads this time of year. The months of May and June are the nesting season for many turtles. At this time, egg-bearing aquatic turtles often cross roads in search of terrestrial nesting sites. For more on

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Gas station chains, truckers come up short in special session

Jun 13th, 2012 | By

Municipalities and small gasoline station owners would get top priority over large chains as state government scales back and phases out a controversial fuel pollution abatement program, according to legislation adopted late Tuesday and early Wednesday in a special session of the General Assembly. For more on this story, visit: Gas station chains, truckers come

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