Archive for August 2012

Arrigoni Bridge to reopen all travel lanes ahead of schedule

Aug 30th, 2012 | By

Upcoming work to complete the final paving on the two main spans and the installation of pavement markings will occur from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Tuesday, September 4, weather permitting, and will be completed by September 15, at which time traffic will be restored to its original four lane configuration.



ASLB denies French company license for proposed reactor in Maryland

Aug 30th, 2012 | By

In a 29-page decision, the licensing board agreed with intervenors that the wholly French-owned Calvert Cliffs-3 project would be in violation of the Atomic Energy Act’s prohibition against foreign ownership, control or domination, and that the project’s owner, UniStar Nuclear, is eligible neither to receive a license nor to even apply for a license.



China Moves Toward Reducing Its Energy Intensity

Aug 30th, 2012 | By

China announced it will invest US$372 billion in energy conservation projects by 2015, involving both terminating inefficient power plants and factories, and installing efficient new facilities. This is part of its program to lower the energy intensity of its economic production, and its carbon intensity as well. Even so, since China’s overall energy use is

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Nine towns to share $20M federal grant for transportation projects

Aug 30th, 2012 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced that nine Connecticut cities and towns will share a $20 million federal grant for transportation projects designed to improve the flow of traffic, improve air quality, and reduce energy use.



A Proposed Housing Development at Oswegatchie Hills Depends on Sewers

Aug 30th, 2012 | By

Developer says the town has the capacity to meet the needs of a proposed new housing estate along the Niantic River but East Lyme will do its own study before ruling.



Obama Admin. Finalizes Historic Clean Car Standards: Standards Will Slash Pollution and Cut Oil Use in Connecticut

Aug 29th, 2012 | By

The Obama administration has finalized new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today’s vehicles by 2025, drastically reducing emissions of carbon pollution and cutting oil use in Connecticut and nationwide. The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025, and require those vehicles to meet the equivalent of a 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard by 2025.



Thousands flock to Albany, delivering a pledge to resist fracking | Waging Nonviolence

Aug 29th, 2012 | By

Several thousand people flooded New York’s state capital Monday, delivering letters to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office containing pledges to take nonviolent direct action against hydraulic-fracturing, or fracking, should gas companies be allowed to drill the state. Since taking office in 2010 Cuomo has been weighing whether to open New York up for fracking, but a

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Green Party Nominates Fairfield County Candidates

Aug 29th, 2012 | By

STAMFORD–Members of the Fairfield County Green Party met here Monday night and nominated candidates for state and local office. The Green Party is a minor political party recognized by the state of Connecticut. It is based on principles of environmentalism, grassroots democracy, and economic and social justice. Remy Chevalier will appear on the ballot for

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Naugatuck River’s profile, greenway plans, to get boost from event

Aug 28th, 2012 | By

Highlighting beauty and environmental awareness along the Naugatuck River will be a goal Sept. 23, when 45 cyclists from the Waterbury YMCA will ride from Torrington to Derby to raise awareness about the somewhat forgotten river’s status and plans for a greenway through river towns. For more on this story, visit: Naugatuck River’s profile, greenway

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Judge’s ruling could affect millions of public transit users

Aug 28th, 2012 | By

Transportation is heavily financed by public money in the form of subsidies or direct taxes. But those sources are never a certainty — illustrated by a New York judge’s ruling last week that could end the state’s payroll mobility tax. The tax, and four other related fees that the judge also deemed unconstitutional, contribute nearly

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Capitol Connection: The future of public transportation in Connecticut

Aug 28th, 2012 | By

From the office of State Sen. KEVIN WITKOS Reading the news lately, there has been an increased focus on the future of public transportation in our state. From the now infamous New Britain-to-Hartford busway to new plans for high-speed rail, these issues are important public policy decisions that will affect all of us — commuters

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Help National Park Service in PA didymo study

Aug 28th, 2012 | By

The National Park Service in Pennsylvania is studying didymo (rock snot), and doing genetic studies. They are looking for samples from our area. If you can help them out, please contact Don Hamilton,  570-729-7842. Didymo grows in cold-water streams, so we want to protect these endangered (warming) waterways.



Deciding CT’s energy future

Aug 28th, 2012 | By

As manager for renewable energy contracts at Hartford-based Northeast Utilities, Christie Bradway will dole out $816 million in renewable energy credits to Connecticut installations over the next 21 years. For more on this story, visit: Deciding CT’s energy future | HartfordBusiness.com.



Connecticut recycling rates increasing among 64 towns

Aug 27th, 2012 | By

Officials with the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority said Monday that the agency’s Mid-Connecticut Project has just recorded the sixth consecutive year its recycling rate increased amongst its 64 member cities and towns. The recycling rate for the Mid-Connecticut Project in fiscal 2012 was 11.46 percent. That represents a .37 percent increase in recycling for the

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Millstone’s Unit 2 back in operation

Aug 27th, 2012 | By

Waterford – Unit 2 at the Millstone Power Station returned to full operations on Saturday, after a 12-day shutdown due to high water temperatures in Long Island Sound. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Millstone’s Unit 2 back in operation | News from southeastern Connecticut.



Former state Sen. George L. ‘Doc’ Gunther dies

Aug 27th, 2012 | By

Longtime state Sen. George L. “Doc” Gunther, who for decades championed efforts to protect Long Island Sound and preserve the state’s aviation history, died early Sunday in hospice care after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 92. For more on this story, visit: Former state Sen. George L. ‘Doc’ Gunther dies – NewsTimes.



UConn ranked 5th greenest school in U.S.

Aug 27th, 2012 | By

UConn was recently rated the fifth most environmentally friendly college on the Sierra Club’s Top 10 “Cool Schools” for 2012. This is a large jump from 16th last year and 49th two years ago. This ranking is based on the university’s commitment to making “earth-saving decisions,” according to the Sierra Club’s website. It recognizes UConn’s

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CT Indoor Tanning Law Not As Strict As Other States

Aug 27th, 2012 | By

Nancy Alderman, of Environment and Human Health writes: 1. With Connecticut having tanning laws less strict than other states (see article in the New Haven Independent that researched this http://c-hit.newhavenindependent.org/health/entry/ct_indoor_tanning_law_not_as_strict_as_other_states     2. With the CT state legislature not getting last year’s tanning Bill out of the Public Health committee;     3. Now we

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Provide Input to the Governor’s Council for Agricultural Development

Aug 27th, 2012 | By

The Governor’s Council for Agricultural Development is in the midst of creating a strategic plan for Connecticut agriculture.  As part of that effort, it seeks input from stakeholders involved in agriculture in the state. Please provide input at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GCAD_Stakeholder_Input_Aug_Sept_2012.  This survey consists of a dozen questions that should take only five to ten minutes of

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New Haven’s ‘green’ reputation grows with new fuel cell

Aug 26th, 2012 | By

The city’s fifth fuel cell is up and running, making New Haven the community with the most independent fuel cells in the state and saving the city up to $1 million in energy costs over 10 years, officials said. For more on this story, visit: New Haven’s ‘green’ reputation grows with new fuel cell (video)-

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