Archive for May 2013

Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut recognizes progress on control of toxic substances

May 31st, 2013 | By

The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut has acknowledged a recent bi-partisan federal effort to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. “It’s about time that our outdated, inadequate law is reformed,” said Anne Hulick RN, MSN, JD, of the coalition. “For years we’ve maintained that protecting children from toxic chemicals should not be a partisan issue.” The federal bill recognizes that we need more protective chemical policy and actually supports what we are trying to do here in Connecticut. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



IPS – Climate Change Is Happening… So What?

May 31st, 2013 | By

Seven in 10 U.S. citizens believe climate change is real and happening now. Yet most have never even contacted a government official about the issue, let alone volunteered with an environmental organisation or taken other action. These findings are part of an exploration of Climate Change in the American Mind issued  by the Yale Project

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Bill approved to preserve of farmland at the Southbury Training School

May 31st, 2013 | By
A bill has been approved that will preserve more than 800 acres of farmland at Southbury Training School, a state-run institution for developmentally disabled men and women.

House Bill 6542 – An Act Concerning the Preservation of Farmland at the Southbury Training School, transfers the farmland at Southbury Training School from the Department of Developmental Services to the Department of Agriculture, who will preserve it for agricultural use through a conservation easement. The Department of Agriculture will own the land and will work with the Town of Southbury to lease it for agricultural use.



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May 31st, 2013 | By

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Shore Line East trains from New Haven to New London available weekends

May 31st, 2013 | By

Weekend travelers can ride the Shore Line East train out to New London from New Haven starting Saturday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from The New Haven Register.



Compromise on power plant tax brings officials to brink of budget deal

May 31st, 2013 | By
A tax on Millstone drew opposition from Democratic legislators.

Negotiators for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the legislature’s Democratic majority concluded negotiations Friday evening on the brink of a deal for the next two-year state budget, sources said. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from attorney Keith M. Phaneuf and The CT Mirror.



Middletown water department director named president of waterworks association

May 31st, 2013 | By

Guy Russo, a long-time Middletown resident and current Water and Sewer Department director was recently named the new president of the Connecticut Waterworks Association. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



Heavy-Duty LNG Trucks Now Refueling Outside of Boston

May 31st, 2013 | By

Transgas is accessing LNG transportation fuel for its trucks at GSGNA’s Everett, Mass., LNG fueling station north of Boston. The company currently has 10 new LNG tractors. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



CT Gov. first to sign mattress recycling bill into law

May 30th, 2013 | By

Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed the nation’s first mattress stewardship bill into law in Connecticut. Signed Tuesday HB 6437 will result in an estimated $1.3 million cost savings for local governments, and will increase opportunities for recycling businesses in the state. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from the Product Stewardship Institute.



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May 30th, 2013 | By

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What are your plans for CT Trails Day Weekend?

May 30th, 2013 | By
Trolley Trail, Stony Creek (photo: cjzurcher)

There is no shortage of fun outdoor activities planned for this coming weekend–267 registered outings to be exact, in 153 towns on over 575 miles of trail. The largest National Trails Day celebration in the nation!



Scenic Hudson launches interactive Hudson River map

May 30th, 2013 | By

Scenic Hudson’s adaptation tool box offers an interactive map for visualizing where future high tides and flood zones could reach. The website also features links to resources for shoreline adaptation and scientific data. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



HVA Debuts Paddling Guide to Housatonic River in Connecticut

May 30th, 2013 | By

A paddling guide has been published by Housatonic Valley Association, a nonprofit environmental group that focuses on the river and the communities through which it courses. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from the Litchfield County Times.



Energy-smart, ‘green’ practices the new must-haves in commercial buildings

May 30th, 2013 | By

Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia is expected to announce next week that the city is joining the Commercial & Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, which will give building owners in the state’s third-largest city an ally in their efforts to be “green.” The Clean Energy Finance Investment Authority works with banks allied with the

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Tough sewer decisions prompt a look at process in Ridgefield

May 30th, 2013 | By

With the pressure that high density housing proposals have been putting on the village now that traditional zoning limits have been undermined by the state’s affordable housing law, and with a required 20-year upgrade of the District I sewer plant in the early study stages, the selectmen are taking a look at how decisions concerning the town sewer system are made. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from The Ridgefield Press.



Sea level takes on new importance in Connecticut

May 30th, 2013 | By

State regulators for the first time will have the authority to consider sea level rise as one of the factors in applications for money under the state’s Clean Water Fund as a result of legislation that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently signed into law, officials said. “I think people realize that these are factors that we should be taking into account,” said state Rep. James Albis, D-East Haven, chairman of the state’s Shorefront Preservation Task Force. The bill was one of four that emerged from the task force’s work.



Wal-Mart pleads guilty in hazardous waste case

May 30th, 2013 | By

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $81.6 million after pleading guilty on Tuesday to criminal charges of improperly disposing of fertilizer, pesticides and other hazardous products that were pulled from stores in California and Missouri because of damaged packaging and other problems. For more on this story, visit: Wal-Mart pleads guilty in hazardous waste case –

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Northford farm using new tilling method

May 30th, 2013 | By

Growing restrictions put on fields in watershed areas made them less attractive to farmers. Due to restrictions, Erin O’Hare, Wallingford’s environmental planner said, the town had trouble leasing them. The town researched zone tillage and decided to make exceptions for the method on certain fields. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Andrew Ragali, of the Meriden Record-Journal via The AP and Boston.com.



Letter: Time to wake up when it comes to wind turbines

May 30th, 2013 | By
A wind turbine looms over a local shopping district in Fairhaven, Mass. (photo: cjzurcher)

When it comes to the giant noisemakers, only one thing really matters and that is the setback, or distance from the turbine to a neighboring property line. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Citizen’s News.



Long Island Sound delicacy on NYC menus, and it isn’t fish

May 30th, 2013 | By

In a first for Long Island Sound, 120 pounds of kelp farmed in waters near the Thimble Islands has made its way to the plates and soupbowls of New York City restaurants. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from The Day.