Archive for November 2013

Cameron ‘Resigns But Doesn’t Quit’ CT Commuter Rail Council

Nov 30th, 2013 | By

Metro-North is facing big problems. Despite new cars, service is slower than it has been in years and we haven’t even faced winter with its usual cancellations and service outages. Trains run late, are still over-crowded, and communications with riders is inconsistent and unreliable. So why did I resign from the Commuter Council now? Because

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In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., CTEH will not publish Thursday and Friday. Publication will resume after Thanksgiving.

Nov 27th, 2013 | By


Fire Breaks Out at Berlin Recycling Company | NBC Connecticut

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

Fire Breaks Out at Berlin Recycling Company | NBC Connecticut.



Power plant emissions limits approved

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

The legislature’s Regulation Review Committee voted unanimously Tuesday morning to approve revisions to the state’s cap-and-trade program for power plant emissions. For more on this story, visit: Power plant emissions limits approved Republican American.



Connecticut’s light pollution will dim view of ISON, a passing comet

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

Comet ISON is barreling toward the center of our solar system, where on Thanksgiving it will slingshot around the sun and head back past Earth.But you probably won’t see it from New Haven, Hartford or Bridgeport. Even if it exceeds current expectations, you’ll have to go far afield to catch an unaided glimpse of one

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

Recently I received a recognition for my work from the Rockfall Foundation. I was a little under the weather and didn’t make an elaborate speech. I would have said:

“Thank you. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if it wasn’t for you, and for all the other environmental organizations who were there that evening receiving similar recognitions. I wouldn’t be doing the Headlines if all the other organizations, from Audubon CT, and CT Audubon, to CEQ and HVA.”

Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.



REVIEW: The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation, by Aaron Goode

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

Robert Stone’s 2010 “American Experience” documentary film Earth Days, which aired on PBS to mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day’s founding, profiled the young organizers led by Denis Hayes who toiled behind the scenes to midwife U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson’s dream of a nationwide environmental teach-in into existence, making April 22, 1970 “probably” the largest demonstration of the demonstration-saturated 1960s, according to Kirkpatrick Sale.



Clairvest announces investment in Connecticut waste collection company

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Clairvest Group has announced that it has made a US$28.5 million investment in Winters Bros. Waste Systems of Danbury, CT.



CT joins $1.5M solar savings initiative

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

The Connecticut Clean Energy Finance Authority has joined a New England effort to reduce the cost of installing solar electric systems.



EPA issues updated air quality guide for particle pollution

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

This is to announce the availability of an updated Air Quality Guide for Particle Pollution at http://www.epa.gov/airnow/air-quality-guide_pm_2013.pdf. The guide provides information about who is at risk, ways to protect health when particle pollution levels reach the unhealthy range, and ways to reduce particle pollution. This new version contains the following updates to health information:  

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CFE statement on greenhouse gas and wind power regulation votes

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Connecticut Fund for the Environment issued the following statement in response to a meeting of the state legislature’s Regulation Review Committee. The committee voted to approve updates to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative but refused to consider the Connecticut Siting Council’s proposed regulations for wind power siting.



CT banks move into green financing

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

As Connecticut places an increasing emphasis on the clean energy industry, more local banks are moving into the business of green financing. First Niagara, which is headquartered in Buffalo but has a significant Connecticut presence, has invested more than $100 million over the past four years into areas like energy efficiency upgrades, solar panel installations, and fuel cells.



New CT customers to pick up most of tab for natural gas conversions

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Friday signed off on the final version of a plan to convert 280,000 homes and businesses to natural gas heat from oil and other fuels over the next 10 years. The gas conversion plan is the cornerstone of the state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy unveiled just over a year ago and

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CT DEEP offers incentives to build electric car charging stations

Nov 26th, 2013 | By
A Volt EV charges in a parking garage in New Haven, Conn. (photo: cjzurcher)

Environmental Protection is launching a second round of incentives in order to expand the network of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations across Connecticut.



Conn.’s Powder Ridge reopening after 6-year hiatus

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort is scheduled to reopen Friday for the first time since 2007. For more on this story, visit: Conn.’s Powder Ridge reopening after 6-year hiatus | WTNH.com Connecticut.



Wind Siting Regulations Will Help Secure Connecticut’s Clean Energy Future

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

by Peter Rothstein, president of the New England Clean Energy Council When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection finalized its comprehensive energy strategy earlier this year, they set Connecticut on a direct path to a cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable energy. The strategy stands to reduce energy costs

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Garden Club Of Hartford Hosts Nature Conservancy Speaker At Annual Meeting

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

By the end of Lutz’s one-hour presentation – which included a question-and-answer session – it was evident that the rich history of New England’s largest and longest river was matched only by the deep curiosity of the nearly 150 attendees. “I didn’t realize the Connecticut River was such a big deal, that it has so

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CCSU’s Charles Button receives Green Circle Award

Nov 25th, 2013 | By

“For the past 15 years, GreenCircle Awards have called attention to the voluntary efforts of businesses, organizations, and individuals, that have played a very real role in improving the environment of our state,” said Daniel C. Esty, commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “Through the GreenCircle awards we are able to recognize the good works being done by so many people to improve the quality of life in Connecticut and build a sustainable future for our state.” (ed.note: Christopher Zurcher, the editor of this site, Environmental Headlines, is a previous winner of the Green Circle Award.)



Norwalk Harbor dredging project nears completion

Nov 25th, 2013 | By

The Norwalk Harbor dredging project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is nearing completion. The work is designed to restore the harbor’s main navigation channel between Long Island Sound and the Stroffolino Bridge to its congressionally-authorized depth of 12 feet at mean low water. For more on this story, visit: Norwalk Harbor dredging project

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Westbrook senator touts new law promoting wildlife refuge

Nov 25th, 2013 | By

Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook), Rep. Tom Vicino (D-Clinton), and Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) presented a ceremonial Connecticut Department of Transportation sign to Rick Potvin, refuge manager at the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge in Westbrook. The presentation marked a new Connecticut law, sponsored by Sen. Linares, which aims to attract more visitors to

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