Archive for April 2013

2012 a safe year at Millstone: NRC official

Apr 11th, 2013 | By

The Millstone Power Station operated safely in 2012, protecting the public and the environment from possible risks associated with the two working nuclear power plants at the site, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission official said Tuesday. For more on this story, visit: The Day – NRC official says 2012 a safe year at Millstone | News

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Connecticut weekly Diadromous Fish Report

Apr 10th, 2013 | By

From the Connecticut River Watershed Council: Some fish are starting to move up the CT River (see pg 1). But check out pg 2-3 for notes and photos of the new StanChem fishway on the Mattabesset River in CT. This fishway opens up 50+ miles of river habitat for fish! For more on this story,

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‘Irreparable’ safety issues: All US nuclear reactors should be replaced, ‘Band-Aids’ won’t help | RT USA

Apr 9th, 2013 | By

Ed: Why is it always a “former” chairman, or “former” director? All 104 nuclear reactors currently operational in the US have irreparable safety issues and should be taken out of commission and replaced, former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko said. The comments, made during the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference,

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Mass. House approves measure to fund transit system

Apr 9th, 2013 | By

House lawmakers in Massachusetts passed a $500 million transportation bill Monday night, but failed to get the margin needed to protect it from Gov. Deval Patrick’s threatened veto, inten­sifying a confrontation over how best to to address the state’s pressing transportation needs. Patrick, who favors a more ambitious $1.9 billion plan for transportation and education,

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Monsanto flirts with disaster, owns the world anyway

Apr 9th, 2013 | By

A Win for Monsanto, a Loss for the World The Ag giant has shown uncanny resilience—which bodes poorly for the planet’s future. By Tom Laskawy The top execs at Monsanto Corp. must be running around HQ these days like director James Cameron post-Titanic, screaming “We’re king of the world!” It’s an understandable reaction. Between a

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Climate Change Summit is April 26

Apr 8th, 2013 | By

Join Save the Sound, the Long Island Sound Study, and environmental grounds from around the Sound at Iona College on April 26 for the 2013 Long Island Sound Citizens Summit. This year’s topic, Super Storm Sandy and the “New Normal,” will focus on the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, and how it has left many

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New report sheds light on the GMO seed giant that is major force behind keeping genetically modified food unlabeled

Apr 8th, 2013 | By

On the heels of the Public Health Committee’s vote to pass out of committee HB 6519, the Connecticut bill for the mandatory labeling for genetically modified food, the consumer advocacy nonprofit Food & Water Watch released Monsanto: A Corporate Profile.



Keep America Beautiful Announces Connecticut School Recycling Champion

Apr 8th, 2013 | By

Stamford-based Keep America Beautiful, has announced the Connecticut winner of “Recycle-Bowl,” a nationwide recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students. Recycle-Bowl, sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America, reached more than 900,000 students across America with schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia competing.



Prohibition on the Taking of Alewife and Blueback Herring from Connecticut Waters Extended for another Year

Apr 8th, 2013 | By

The prohibition on the taking of alewives and blueback herring from most inland and marine waters in Connecticut has been extended for another year. This action was initially taken in April of 2002, and has been extended each successive year because there has been no improvement in population size during the past year.



Annual MDC watershed inspections begin

Apr 8th, 2013 | By

The Metropolitan District Commission will be conducting its state-mandated annual watershed sanitary survey and inspection program beginning in April. The purpose of the program, which will continue through November, is to prevent contamination of the MDC’s drinking water supplies as a result of, among other things, septic system failure, erosion, runoff, and other potential pollutants.



South Norwalk residents give Meadow Street cleanup plan lukewarm reception

Apr 8th, 2013 | By

South Norwalk residents – rich and poor – worked together Thursday evening for the protection of their common interest: the air and water quality in their mutual neighborhood. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Nancy Chapman’s Nancy on Norwalk blog.



A public forum with state legislators and advocates for the labeling of foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms took place in Ledyard Tuesday

Apr 8th, 2013 | By

A public forum with state legislators and advocates for the labeling of foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms took place Tuesday. Panelists included from left, Bill Duesing, Ian Skoggard, state Sen. Cathy Osten, former congressman Rob Simmons and state Rep. Tim Bowles. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from the Ledyard Patch!



April CFPA events

Apr 8th, 2013 | By

CFPA Demonstration Garden Workshop Friday, April 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CFPA Headquarters, Rockfall (Middlefield)   All are invited to come learn about and consider joining a group of volunteers that will re-design, install, and manage an outdoor teaching environment at the CFPA headquarters. The focus will be low-maintenance, wildlife-oriented gardens that highlight the beauty of CT’s

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Connecticut should pass bill to label genetically engineered food

Apr 6th, 2013 | By

Mark Winne was the executive director of the Hartford Food System from 1979 to 2003. He currently consults and writes on food system issues in Santa Fe, N.M. The General Assembly is considering passage of “An Act Concerning the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food.” This bill would not only make Connecticut the first state to

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Local Food a Growing Trend for Land Trusts

Apr 6th, 2013 | By

When a land trust in Grayslake, Illinois, made a strategic decision in 2005 to include farmland in its list of property types to preserve, it joined scores of traditional “woods and waters” trusts across the U.S. which are increasingly preserving agricultural lands and building local food systems.

The New Haven Land Trust recently hosted American urban farmer Will Allen (pictured here) at the organization’s annual meeting. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Eric Hoffner in EcoWatch.



2013 Long Island Sound Citizens Summit — Superstorm Sandy and the ‘New Normal:’ Rebuilding for Resiliency and Adapting to Climate Change, April 26, New Rochelle, NY with Andrew C. Revkin

Apr 5th, 2013 | By

At this year’s conference, keynoted by NYTimes dot Earth blogger Andrew C. Revkin, Save the Sound and CFE feature expert presentations on the big ‘Climate Change’ picture, local impacts to Western LIS, experiences from Sandy and how they impacted our infrastructure and natural resources and resiliency planning going forward. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on how to register and attend.



Alstom to service Lake Road natural gas power plant in Connecticut

Apr 4th, 2013 | By

Lake Road Generating Co. entered into a $160 million service contract with Alstom for its 844 MW combined-cycle power plant located in Dayville, Connecticut. The agreement covers the Lake Road facility’s three Alstom GT24 gas turbines.



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Apr 4th, 2013 | By

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CT conservationists meet with Congress

Apr 4th, 2013 | By

Connecticut land conservationists were on Capitol Hill this week to promote the economic, social and natural impact of their work at the 2013 Land Trust Advocacy Day. For more on this story, visit: CT conservationists meet with Congress | HartfordBusiness.com.



Storrs Center next to the University of Connecticut showcases smart growth | Tom Condon via The Hartford Courant

Apr 4th, 2013 | By

Most of the 190 apartments in the next phase are mostly spoken for, even though the building is under construction. “The demand has been amazing,” said Howard Kaufman of master developer LeylandAlliance LLC. That this was done in the recession years makes it all the more remarkable. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Tom Condon in The Hartford Courant.