Archive for May 2014

NRG’s Portland coal power plant to get new life burning ‘clean diesel’

May 31st, 2014 | By

The two coal-burning generators at NRG’s Portland Generating Station may get a second life burning diesel fuel.



Save the Sound applauds veto of fishery bill

May 30th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vetoed the bill that would have would have lifted a ban on fishing for a species now under consideration for threatened status — the glass eel — which are being considered for endangered species listing.



Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1

May 30th, 2014 | By

Reminds Residents to be Prepared With the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season beginning June 1, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is reminding residents of Connecticut to be prepared.  The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the principal threat period for Connecticut occurring between mid-August and mid-October. “Every home should have a basic emergency

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May 30th, 2014 | By

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Residents Oppose Spectra Energy’s Fracked Gas Project

May 30th, 2014 | By

Residents of Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island gathered outside the Democratic Governors Association Thursday, using a puppet performance to protest the governors’ support for the natural gas industry.

They called on the governors to withdraw their support for Spectra Energy’s gas pipeline expansion proposal. Called the “Algonquin Incremental Market” project, Spectra’s project would carry high volumes of methane gas through neighborhoods in Connecticut and other states and, most dangerously, in the vicinity of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York.



Researcher for the Independent Petroleum Association of America says ‘Fracking Has Benefits For CT’

May 30th, 2014 | By

Wow … such Capitalist-driven ignorance …. In a letter to the editor in The Hartford Courant, Katie Brown, a researcher for Energy in Depth, a public outreach program of the Independent Petroleum Association of America actually writes: “… shale development is delivering lower energy prices, thousands of jobs and millions in economic growth to Connecticut. That’s something worth embracing, not trying to scuttle with exaggerated talking points.”



Sustaining Our Fisheries: Looking at the Big Picture

May 30th, 2014 | By

So how can we restore our fisheries? Save the Sound held a forum to find out.



Connecticut, 7 other states hope to boost zero-emission vehicles

May 29th, 2014 | By
A Volt EV charges in a parking garage in New Haven, Conn. (photo: cjzurcher)

Connecticut officials are still not saying how they plan to promote the usage of zero-emission vehicles here, as called for in an action plan released Thursday with seven other states.



Insurance industry sees risk, adapting to guard against climate change

May 29th, 2014 | By

Last month, Farmers Insurance Co., one of the nation’s largest insurers, filed nine class action suits alleging that about 200 Chicago area localities knew that climate change would lead to greater rainfall but haven’t taken action to guard against future flooding.



Why you only get 25% of the electricity you pay for

May 29th, 2014 | By

By Ronny Sandoval What would you say if I told you that about three-quarters of what you spend on electricity every month is wasted? Considering that Americans spend about $350 billion on electricity annually, I hope you’ll find this as shocking as I do. From generation to delivery to consumption, inefficiencies at every step of electricity’s journey

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CT Roundtable on Climate & Jobs – 7-9 p.m. June 4 Meriden

May 29th, 2014 | By

Join the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network for a gathering of the CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs on Wednesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Meriden. Light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting from 7 to 9 p.m.



A Denier Clouds Reality by Misrepresentations and False Accusations

May 29th, 2014 | By

A denier resorted to unacceptable tactics during a presentation to a public audience. His accusations and misrepresentations cannot stand, and must be opposed.



CEQ finds ‘positive trends’ in the environment and ‘lingering problems’

May 29th, 2014 | By

The Council on Environmental Quality has reviewed the state’s environmental data for 2013 and found clear positive trends and lingering problems. This year’s report also highlights the many ways in which global climate change is working against the state’s efforts to improve air and water quality.

The report notes that an extraordinary number (237) of notices were issued for violations of regulations pertaining to radioactive materials and x-ray devices.



Moose alert in New Britain

May 29th, 2014 | By

Motorists in the New Britain area are advised to use extra caution and be observant while driving due to the sighting of a moose this afternoon near the intersection of Route 72 and Interstate 84.



EPA to unveil ‘Rest of River’ plan June 18

May 27th, 2014 | By
From Wikipedia: The Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Bridge (also known as the Sikorsky Memorial Bridge, and the Housatonic River Bridge) carries the limited-access Connecticut Route 15 over the Housatonic River, between Stratford and Milford, Connecticut. The bridge was first referred to as the Sikorsky Bridge because Sikorsky Aircraft is headquartered just north of the bridge. The 2006 replacement span was dedicated as the Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Bridge. The bridge's completion marked the completion of the Merritt Parkway and the starting point for construction of the adjoining Wilbur Cross Parkway, September 2, 1940. (photo: cjzurcher)

The overall plan addresses the river’s sediment and floodplain contamination extending into Connecticut, said agency regional spokesman Jim Murphy.



Bond Commission expected to approve $3M for repair of Lebanon’s Savin Lake Dam: Malloy

May 27th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced that nearly $3 million to fund repair of the Savin Lake Dam in Lebanon is expected to be approved at the next meeting of the state Bond Commission.



Protesters voice concerns about Pilgrim Nuclear Plant

May 27th, 2014 | By

Protesters voice concerns Monday about the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Bourne, Massachusetts. They say if there is a nuclear emergency, everyone on the Cape would be trapped. “If there was a meltdown you would have chaos.” At the Sagamore Bridge people from across the Cape and Islands are once again raising safety concerns about

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Environmental officials hope new fish ladder will restore Alewives to Rogers Lake in Old Lyme

May 26th, 2014 | By

Everything’s ready for migratory alewives to return to Rogers Lake in Old Lyme for the first time in several hundred years – the gleaming new concrete-and-steel fish ladder’s open, the water’s flowing through it and electronic fish counter is poised to start clicking away. Now it’s up to the fish to find their way there.

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Electricity restored to Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear plant after outage

May 26th, 2014 | By

Connecticut’s nuclear plant in Waterford has restored power, several hours after an electrical short likely caused an outage. Spokesman Ken Holt said Millstone Power Station was not operating on Sunday, but power had been restored by early afternoon. The plant shut at about 7 a.m. and switched to diesel power. For more on this story,

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Hurricane Preparedness Week begins May 25

May 24th, 2014 | By

History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip

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