Archive for April 2014

Best Defense Against Advancing Sea? Retreat!

Apr 30th, 2014 | By
Dock and dine getting hammered by the sea #StormSandyOS

“Dumb & Dumber” is the movie that comes to mind when I think about the government policy that declares war against the sea, rather than providing incentives to help residents move out of the way. Click on this Environmental Headline to read more from Robert Thorson in The Hartford Courant.



Himes wants to create Federal Green Bank for clean energy projects

Apr 30th, 2014 | By

Congressman Jim Himes, who represents most of Shelton, is a co-sponsor of legislation to establish a Federal Green Bank, modeled after Connecticut’s Green Bank, to help finance the development of clean energy and energy efficiency projects. Introduced by a number of U.S. House Democrats, the Green Bank Act of 2014 is designed to increase the

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Rare sturgeon found along Connecticut River in Lyme

Apr 30th, 2014 | By

The rare nearly 7-foot-long Atlantic sturgeon that weighs about 100 pounds was found Saturday near Elys Ferry Road. “It had been here a while, it started to decay…started to smell,” said eyewitness Gary Weed. This fish is labeled an endangered species by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. For more on this story,

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$2.1M savings: Education officials schooled in solar energy benefits

Apr 30th, 2014 | By

If solar panels were installed on the roofs of the town’s schools, the district could save approximately $2.1 million in electric costs over 20 years. That was the crux of a presentation recently by the town’s Green Task Force to the Board of Education, which met at Staples High School. For more on this story, visit: $2.1M

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Court upholds EPA rule on cross-state pollution

Apr 30th, 2014 | By

In a major anti-pollution ruling, the Supreme Court on Tuesday backed federally imposed limits on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and burden downwind areas with bad air from power plants they can’t control. The 6-2 ruling was an important victory for the Obama administration in controlling emissions from power plants in 27 Midwestern and

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Cost of Merritt Parkway bike trail could be as much as $250 million

Apr 30th, 2014 | By

Advocates have promoted the trail as an important piece of the East Coast Greenway, a 2,750-mile network of trails that run from Maine to Florida.



What Gets Flushed Into Rivers as More Rain Hits the Northeast?

Apr 30th, 2014 | By
Muddy sediment empties into Long Island Sound from the Connecticut River after Hurricane Irene in 2011. (NASA Earth Observatory)

researchers at Yale University want to find out what happens to the chemical composition and water quality of the Connecticut River watershed and the Long Island Sound with more heavy rain.



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Apr 30th, 2014 | By

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Walk to work, or take a bus? New jobs access maps show where you can

Apr 30th, 2014 | By

The “Jobs Access map” from the Regional Plan Association allows you to look at where you can go by car, public transportation, or bike, not to mention filter by travel time, desired industry, and worker education level.



Recycling bill looks to turn trash into cash, jobs

Apr 30th, 2014 | By

The state’s recycling rate — about 25 percent of its trash, year after year — will increase, if lawmakers have their way. Legislation before the General Assembly would more than double that figure, raising the rate of recycling in the state to 60 percent by 2024. For more on this story, visit: Recycling bill looks

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Fracking waste unlikely to come to CT

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

regardless of how a competing bill that could allow it in for treatment and disposal in the future fares, industry experts, environmental officials and even companies that could profit from treating the waste agree that the chance of such waste coming to Connecticut is roughly zero.



NPR running pro-fracking statements is an environmental injustice

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

The organization Environmental Action has said that National Public Radio has been airing pro-fracking statements for months, but when the group confronted them about it, they refused to air the group’s anti-fracking sponsored message or listen to their concerns.



NY’s Schneiderman on EPA’s agreement to finalize air pollution standards for residential wood heaters

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

“I commend EPA for acknowledging its overdue obligation to update its air pollution standards for wood heaters, and for agreeing to finalize those standards by early next year. My office will continue to engage EPA and the other states to ensure that the standards safeguard public health.”



Gov. Malloy on Metro-North’s new rail schedule

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

“I have the commitments of MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast and Metro-North President Joe Giulietti that they will work directly with our DOT over the next few months to prepare schedule proposals that go beyond today’s changes, with an eye toward even better service by the fall.”



Revealed: ALEC’s 2014 Attacks on the Environment

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

An internal tracking document– obtained from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) by the Center for Media and Democracy/the Progressive Inc. under Texas public records law — reveals the scope of ALEC’s anti-environmental efforts in 2014. The spreadsheet (dated from late March 2014 and made public by CMD/The Progressive today) reveals ALEC tracking a total

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ClearEdge may file for bankruptcy

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

South Windsor Town Manager Matthew B. Galligan has said fuel-cell manufacturer ClearEdge Power may file for bankruptcy, the Hartford Business Journal reports.



Several environmental leaders to be honored at Audubon CT’s annual benefit dinner

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

Former New York Republican Governor George Pataki, and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, an Obama appointee, will be honored at Audubon Connecticut’s annual Environmental Leadership Benefit Dinner at the Belle Haven Club on Wednesday, April 30. The two are being recognized as leaders who best exemplify the theme that “Conservation Knows No Party.”

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Apr 27th, 2014 | By

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Petition to Modernize Recycling in Connecticut is active

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

Support Senate Bill 27, Governor Malloy’s Bill to double recycling in the next decade, retire the incinerator in Hartford, and create a new recycling education foundation. There are currently 218 signatures. NEW goal – ConnPIRG is seeking 300 signatures! For more on this story, visit: MoveOn Petitions – Modernize Recycling in Connecticut.



Connecticut Campuses Connect at Statewide Sustainability Conference

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

More than 130 students, staff, faculty, and administrators from colleges and universities throughout Connecticut are sharing best practices today on how to make Connecticut campuses more sustainable.  The statewide conference is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University and hosted by Middlesex Community College, with more than

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