Archive for December 2012

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Dec 31st, 2012 | By

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Judge enters order stopping chances of New Haven concrete batch plant

Dec 31st, 2012 | By

Marjorie Shansky, the attorney for plaintiff and neighbor Elaine Stetzer, has written to say that Judge Corradino entered an order vacating the Special Exception for the use of the Criscuolo property as a concrete plant, and Ms. Shansky will “record the Judgment on the Land Records to extinguish any future expectations that a concrete batch plant may site itself there under the vacated relief.” Click on this environmental headline for more on this story from the New Haven Environmental Justice Network



Simsbury first selectman to seek anti-diversion legislation, as Farmington River future uncertain

Dec 31st, 2012 | By

John Hampton, Simsbury Deputy First Selectman and newly-elected 16th district state representative, said he may seek legislation to make it harder to divert water from the Farmington River.



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Dec 29th, 2012 | By

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Open space grants to preserve nearly 3,000 acres: $9 Million Awarded to 35 Cities and Towns to Protect Open Space

Dec 29th, 2012 | By

The state has awarded more than $9 million to preserve open space in 35 cities and towns, the governor’s office announced Friday. The largest parcels are in Cheshire, East Haddam, East Lyme, Kent/Warren, Lyme, and Somers, all with properties encompassing at last 100 acres. In all, the money will preserve 2,732 acres throughout Connecticut.



Meet the Super Weeds That Monsanto Can’t Beat

Dec 28th, 2012 | By

When Monsanto revolutionized agriculture with a line of genetically engineered seeds, the promise was that the technology would lower herbicide use—because farmers would have to spray less. In fact, as Washington State University researcher Chuch Benbrook has shown, just the opposite happened. Sixteen years on, Roundup (Monsanto’s tradename for its glyphosate herbicide) has certainly killed

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Environmental Stewardship: The Core of Connecticut’s Economy, Health and Safety

Dec 27th, 2012 | By

CTLCV hosted its 13th Annual Environmental Summit in downtown Hartford on Dec. 6 with over 200 people in attendance. The overarching message that our state must not forgo environmental protection, even during dire fiscal times, was repeated throughout the day. Click on this environmental headline for more from CTLCV.



Deconstruct, don’t destroy is benefit to business and Hamden

Dec 27th, 2012 | By

Joe DeRisi, owner of Urban Miners, said the first thing he wants to buy once he gets a little extra money is a portable, propane torpedo heater.Deconstruction is part of the multimillion-dollar Newhall remediation project, an effort to revitalize the neighborhood, which was built on contaminated landfill. Read more from the New Haven Register.



A “Win-Win” for Wind Power, Whales Off CT Coast

Dec 27th, 2012 | By

The Obama administration has announced funding for seven projects that will speed up the development of the nation’s first offshore wind farms. Meanwhile, environmental groups have reached agreement with developers on how to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. It’s not the wind towers themselves planned off the coast of New England that could

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ClearEdge Buys UTC Power’s Fuel Cell Business

Dec 26th, 2012 | By

ClearEdge Power of Hillsboro, Oregon, a manufacturer of proton exchange membrane fuel cells, is acquiring fuel cell industry veteran UTC Power. Click on this environmental headline for more from Greentech Media.



Connecticut faces a crisis in transportation funding. We need to sell the idea.

Dec 26th, 2012 | By

What’s needed is marketing. Most people aren’t stupid; they understand that transportation is essential to the state’s economy and quality of life, that it costs money and that the money doesn’t come from the tooth fairy. But they need to know what they are paying for. Click on this environmental headline for more of this Courant editorial.



Deadline For Comment On Controversial MDC Water Plan Is Extended

Dec 21st, 2012 | By

Citizens will have more time to comment on a controversial plan by the University of Connecticut and The Metropolitan District to tap the upper Farmington River to serve the university’s growing water needs.



Attorney General: State Wins Emergency Court Order To Force Owners to Secure Former Power Plant in New Haven

Dec 20th, 2012 | By

Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty were granted an emergency court order today requiring around-the-clock security at the heavily contaminated former English Station power plant in New Haven.



Bring More Trains to New Haven Station | Petition

Dec 20th, 2012 | By

Doug Hausladen, block captain of Wooster Square has circulated a petition which is being aired now on Channel 8 to offer more train stops at State Street Station instead of having to walk to Union Station. For more on this story, visit: Bring More Trains to New Haven State St Station Petition.



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Dec 20th, 2012 | By

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Some see a clear vision of a New Haven Cycle Track and safe biking in the city

Dec 20th, 2012 | By

A physically separated bike lane — or cycle track — on Elm Street in New Haven was listed as a priority in the City Transportation, Traffic and Parking (TTP)’s 2009 annual report, but no action has been taken. See more on this story from Environmental Headlines.



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Dec 19th, 2012 | By

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New Haven Open to Additional Traffic Calming as Route 34 Project Advances

Dec 19th, 2012 | By

New Haven’s Downtown Crossing project is moving forward. Earlier this month, the City received a $2.2 million grant to advance design work on the project, which aims to replace the Route 34 stub highway – a barrier between downtown New Haven and the Medical District — with two boulevards, while freeing up developable space in the current highway footprint.



Long Island Sound Study to Investigate Climate-Related Risks to Natural Resources

Dec 17th, 2012 | By

The project, Sentinels of Climate Change: Coastal Indicators of Wildlife and Ecosystem Change in Long Island Sound, is part of LISS’s Sentinel Monitoring for Climate Change program.

The Sentinel Monitoring program aims to identify and study sentinels that can serve as a “canary in the coal mine” to help provide early warnings regarding potential effects of climate change.

Read more from the Long Island Sound Study.



Survey is part of plan to preserve Poquetanuck Cove in Preston

Dec 17th, 2012 | By

The Poquetanuck Cove conservation effort is reaching a critical stage, and local environmental leaders are trying to spread interest in its preservation regionwide. The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District, which has offices in Brooklyn and Norwich, recently began a 10-question online survey. Its results will be incorporated into a conservation action plan being developed by the

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