Archive for February 2013

Berlin Interact recycling club efforts pay big around the world

Feb 28th, 2013 | By

Thanks to the bottle collection efforts of the Berlin High School Interact Club and a matching grant from the Berlin Lions Club, close to $3,000 was raised for charity.



Boucher: Toll booths have little support

Feb 28th, 2013 | By

A new proposition in Hartford to resurrect highway toll booths in the state may have some trouble passing the legislature, according to state Sen. Toni Boucher, R-26.



Connecticut seeks to promote recycling industry, jobs

Feb 28th, 2013 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and two of his commissioners are trying to drum up recycling business in Connecticut as a way to boost the industry in the state and create jobs. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut seeks to promote recycling industry, jobs – Norwich, CT – The Bulletin.



Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act: ‘Another White Elephant’

Feb 28th, 2013 | By

Earlier this month the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act, known locally as the Collinsville White Elephant Act, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives almost unnoticed and without any comment; which really is too bad since it deserves a much closer look.



Time to renew the fight against sprawl in Connecticut, Tom Condon

Feb 27th, 2013 | By

The state’s 2013-1018 Conservation and Development Policies Plan has been completed and sent to the General Assembly for approval. The plan is excellent; it calls for the kind of smart growth that Myron Orfield and others have urged on the state.



Environmental Headlines nears 20,000 posts

Feb 27th, 2013 | By

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Content in the Remediation section of DEEP’s website has been updated

Feb 27th, 2013 | By

DEEP has posted its “Draft Proposal for a Transformed Cleanup Program.” This report can be found on the Cleanup Transformation Stakeholder Input
and Public Participation web page. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.



Foothills Media Group Editorial: Farmers aren’t nuisances

Feb 27th, 2013 | By

This week, Torrington became the latest municipality in Connecticut to approve a right-to-farm ordinance that shields legitimate farmers—those operating on at least three acres of land—from lawsuits.



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Feb 27th, 2013 | By

To support our efforts and keep us going, please visit our Support Us page. ——————————————————— 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

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Goshen gas station proposal awaits ruling from Inland Wetlands Commission

Feb 27th, 2013 | By

The public hearing discussing the proposal to build a 2,417 square foot gas station and convenience store on 59 Torrington Road was adjourned Tuesday night, pending a report by the town’s Inland Wetland Commission. The plan met opposition from a few residents, mostly due to the design of the building, which in one resident’s opinion,

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Energy experts at Wallingford forum Thursday

Feb 27th, 2013 | By

WALLINGFORD — A forum on saving energy will be held at the Wallingford Senior Center Thursday evening. For more on this story, visit: Energy experts at Wallingford forum Thursday – MyRecordJournal.com: Wallingford News – Myrecordjournal.com.



Proprietors OK CitySeed ‘Experiment’ On Green

Feb 27th, 2013 | By

Starting in June, a weekly 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. downtown farmers market run by the not-for-profit CitySeed organization will move from its sidewalk location in front of City Hall to an open space on the lower Green.



Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update — February 25, 2013

Feb 26th, 2013 | By

The deadline for Raised Bills (i.e., deadline for committee requests to fully draft bills that are not based on Proposed Bills) has passed. The Committee Bill deadline (i.e., deadline for committees to request fully drafted versions of existing Proposed Bills) is coming up in early March for most of the committees. As a result, within

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2013 CT Land Conservation Conference March 23, Middletown

Feb 26th, 2013 | By

For more information , visit the CT Environmental Headlines calendar page. Event Date: Sat, 03/23/2013 (All day) 29th Annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference “Can Open Space be Permanently Protected?” Saturday, March 23, 2013 Wesleyan University, Middletown 8:30am – 4:45pm (conference) 5:00pm – 7:00pm (reception) Register Online for the Conference For more on this story, visit:

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Sequestration would hurt clean air and water protections in Connecticut: Chris Murphy

Feb 25th, 2013 | By

The so-called sequester is another sad example of governing at its worst—Congress has to stop taking people’s jobs and our entire economy hostage to its own dysfunction. Friday’s deadline will bring devastating cuts to critical services and job losses in Connecticut and across the country. I strongly opposed the legislation that set this process in

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Settlement binds power co. to stop burning coal

Feb 25th, 2013 | By

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the largest U.S. electricity producers — American Electric Power — will stop burning coal at two of its power plants and make deeper pollution cuts at more than a dozen others under a legal settlement reached with the Environmental Protection Agency, eight states and several environmental groups. The states involved

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Sequestration: Bad for Connecticut, Bad for the Environment

Feb 25th, 2013 | By

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been hearing about the approaching “sequester,” the $85 billion in spending cuts scheduled to occur on March 1, 2013. Sequestration is part of the Budget Control Act of 2011. The cuts are expected to total $1.2 trillion over the next decade, beginning this year and ending in 2021. For

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Easton farmer’s work is never done

Feb 25th, 2013 | By

Residents who drive along Center Road these days might notice bare fruit trees lining the hills — and farm workers with shears and rakes. This is the time of year that Silverman’s Farm does its winter pruning and clean-up of its apple and peach trees in the orchard. And given that there are 15,000 trees

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Study to examine Hearthstone Castle uses

Feb 25th, 2013 | By

DANBURY — Hearthstone Castle may have fallen into disrepair, but a study group kicking off next week hopes to find potential public uses for the building. For more on this story, visit: Study to examine Hearthstone Castle uses – NewsTimes.



Worms, salamanders hit the road ‘en masse’

Feb 25th, 2013 | By

DANBURY — Near the Route 7 bypass from Brookfield to New Milford, an odd phenomenon is going on. Worms in the soil along the highway are moving, en masse, from spot to spot. “A significant concentration has shifted,” Theodora Pinou, associate professor of biological and environmental sciences at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, said

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