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Senators Seek To Curb EPA Authority On Mine Waste Disposal. ‘Fairness Act’ unfair to environment; more than fair to ‘energy production’

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

A pair of senators have introduced legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from using its authority to preemptively block or to revoke permits for mine waste disposal. The move has roiled those in Alaska who want EPA to use this authority to block a massive copper and gold mine that could put a

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Apr 18th, 2014 | By

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Huge Methane Leaks Add Doubt on Gas as ‘Bridge’ Fuel

Apr 18th, 2014 | By
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The IPCC in its Working Group III report says natural gas as a bridge fuel will only be effective if few gases escape into the atmosphere during natural gas production and distribution.



CT Audubon seeks artists for Birds and Their Habitat art exhibition

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

Connecticut Audubon Society announces a call to artists for the 5th annual Birds and Their Habitat Art Exhibition and Sale, Sept. 26-28. Works must feature birds and/or the beauty of nature, from bird life and their habitats to the diversity of natural landscapes specific to Connecticut and the Northeast. Works must be original and current.

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Connecticut Economic Development Dept Awards $3.8M in Brownfield Grants

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has awarded grants totaling $3,821,000 for advancing development of brownfield sites all over the state. The grants, announced by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, will enable 21 communities to assess and investigate 48 sites covering more than 310 acres. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut Economic

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Spring has sprung, time for hazardous waste collection

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s time to safely get rid of household hazardous wastes and shred personal papers at free events that occur during one of several Saturdays now through the fall. The collections are not held in winter because most wastes are chemicals that freeze and the event is held outdoors,

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Courant editorial: ‘Ban the import of fracking wastes’

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
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Because there are few governmental responsibilities as profound as protecting the air and water that sustain life, until the system is safe beyond question, the state should ban the storage and disposal of fracking waste within Connecticut’s borders.



Bridgeport gets $200K to clean up ex-Remington site for redevelopment

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

The state has awarded Bridgeport $200,000 to move forward with cleaning up the dilapidated factory at 60 Main St. in preparation for a groundbreaking. A spokesman for Westport Property Management could not be reached for comment. But David Kooris, Bridgeport’s head of economic development, said his office “restarted conversations” with the owners about six months ago, and

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Flood Warning for Connecticut River

Apr 16th, 2014 | By
A dusting of frozen precipitation is seen in the foreground of this image of the great Connecticut River overflowing its banks in Cromwell, Conn., with the Arigoni Bridge in Middletown in the background. (photo: Ross Powell)

As heavy rain moved into western Massachusetts on Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for the Connecticut River in Northampton, Montague, and just over the state line in Thompsonville, Connecticut.



Bill to boost local bioscience growth moves forward

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

The legislature’s Planning and Development Committee gave its stamp of approval to the southeastern Connecticut bioscience growth bill on Tuesday. The Transportation Committee already had passed the bill, and it now goes to the House of Representatives for a possible vote. For more on this story, visit: The Day – UPDATED: Bill to boost local

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Connecticut hopes to sell riders on bus-only route

Apr 15th, 2014 | By
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The state is budgeting about $3 million, 80 percent of which comes from the federal government, for an 18- to 24-month marketing effort on radio, billboards, movie theater ads, and the Internet.



DEEP recognizes Waterford and Groton’s conservation efforts

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

With the approach of Arbor Day April 25, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Monday announced 15 urban forestry grants to encourage tree planting and tree management best practices in communities across the state and awarded Tree City USA designations to 19 communities and the University of Connecticut in Storrs for their

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Could the ‘Shared Solar’ movement work in shady Connecticut?

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

Shared solar, also known as community solar, is essentially a virtual solar system. Instead of panels on a roof going directly to that house, a large solar field would be installed where there’s room. Homeowners could subscribe to it, and the local utility would credit them for the solar, even though the actual electrons go

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Westchester County gets ‘B’ for protecting Long Island Sound

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
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New Haven-based Long Island Sound advocacy group Save the Sound says Westchester’s sewage treatment plants are doing a good job removing nitrogen before discharging into the Sound but have to do more.



National Environmental Education Week

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), April 13-19, 2014, is the nation’s largest celebration of environmental education, inspiring environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students For more on this story, visit: National Environmental Education Week.



MAP: How Much of Your Town Is Open Space?

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

Less than two-thirds of Connecticut towns have conserved more than the state goal of 21 percent. For more on this story, visit: MAP: How Much of Your Town Is Open Space? – Around Town – Madison, CT Patch.



Conn. biologist joins international salmon group – Connecticut – Boston.com

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

President Barack Obama has appointed a senior biologist at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as commissioner of the Council of North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization. Stephen Gephard has worked as the supervising biologist at the DEEP since 1995. He joins two other commissioners whose appointments were announced Thursday. For more on this

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Flood warning for Conn. River issued

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
Connecticut River in Cromwell (photo: Ross Powell)

Melting snow from northern New England is causing the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the Connecticut River in Hartford and Middlesex Counties.



Disease On The Wings Of Climate Change

Apr 12th, 2014 | By
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Whether the Fairfield County colony of Asian tiger mosquitoes survived our unusually cold winter is not yet known, but northward expansion of the mosquito’s territory and evolution of its wintering behavior are further evidence of regional climate change and things to come.



New Haven development site may hold motherlode of artifacts, city man says

Apr 12th, 2014 | By

For a decade, Robert Greenberg has had his eye on a parcel along College Street, between George and Crown, across the street from Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School. It’s the site of a mixed-use, $50 million development being built by the Middletown company CenterPlan. For more on this story, visit: New Haven development site

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