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Bridgeport Plans to Reopen Pleasure Beach

Jun 10th, 2014 | By
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Pleasure Beach occupies 71 acres on a peninsula shared by Bridgeport and the neighboring town of Stratford. The only way to reach the beach is by boat or hiking along a two-mile sandspit that connects Pleasure Beach to Stratford.



Plan Would Cut New Haven Sewage Overflow By 75%

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

Officials from the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) detailed that plan in a public meeting Thursday night at Truman School. The plan aims to reduce the amount of storm and waste water by 75 percent by filling sewer pipes to capacity.



Failure Of Century-Old Rail Bridge Inexcusable

Jun 10th, 2014 | By
The Walk Bridge railroad bridge over the Norwalk River in 2007. (wikimedia commons)

The Walk Bridge, a movable bridge over the Norwalk River, opened 271 times in 2013 and failed to operate properly on 16 of those openings. Now it has failed twice in the past two weeks — most recently on Friday — stranding passengers and generally interrupting commerce in the nation’s busiest rail corridor. Leaders of Third-World countries wouldn’t stand for this.



Hikers enlist in cause of saving Oswegatchie Hills

Jun 10th, 2014 | By
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A rare coastal forest similar to the 1,000 acres in Old Saybrook known as The Preserve, Oswegatchie Hills is also deserving of the state’s help in finally securing its future as protected land.



Malloy Vetoes Tree Trimming, Limits on Elderly Tax Credits

Jun 10th, 2014 | By
An area along I-91 that has seen the effects of tree-cutting and chipping. (photo: cjzurcher)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed two bills Monday, including legislation making property owners liable for removing trees that fall into their neighbor’s property. Malloy said the bill could see healthy trees felled unnecessarily.



New book sheds light on technologies that may determine planet’s future habitability

Jun 9th, 2014 | By
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Anxieties about climate change and peak oil (the latter abated somewhat by the ‘shale revolution’) have precipitated a revolutionary advance in renewable energy technology in recent years. Or have they? As environmental journalist Jeremy Shere documents in “Renewable: The World-Changing Power of Alternative Energy” (St. Martin’s Press, 2013, $25.99), when it comes to renewables there is literally nothing new under the sun. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Aaron Goode.



Michelle Obama on Attempts in Congress to Roll Back Healthy Reforms

Jun 9th, 2014 | By

… We’re now seeing attempts in Congress to undo so much of what we’ve accomplished on behalf of our children. Take, for example, what’s going on now with the Women, Infants and Children program, known as WIC. This is a federal program designed to provide supplemental nutrition to low-income women and their babies and toddlers.

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New standard cutting flame-retardant chemicals in furniture

Jun 9th, 2014 | By

In the market for some new furniture? That couch or armchair is changing – for the better, many health and environmental advocates say. For that, we can thank California. For nearly four decades, the Golden State has had a flammability standard for foam in upholstered furniture, requiring that it withstand 12 seconds of exposure to

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Jun 9th, 2014 | By

  Please contribute and help keep us going … thank you! To support our efforts and keep us going, please visit our Support Us page. ——————————————————— Environmental Headlines is, still, a free service. Our mission is to deliver Connecticut environmental news that creates real change. That means blogging all of today’s environmental headlines for everyone to read—for

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Carbon emissions down in Connecticut; More work to be done

Jun 8th, 2014 | By
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said that Connecticut is making significant progress in reducing statewide emissions of harmful greenhouse gases to meet requirements set in state law, citing a report issued by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection that details the state’s progress toward meeting the statutory mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 10% below 1990 levels by 2020, and 80% below 2001 levels by 2050.

The report demonstrates that Connecticut is clearly on a trajectory to meet the 2020 mandate much sooner than that date and is putting programs in place to meet the 2050 mandate.



CT Walk-Friendly, Bike-Friendly Town Survey 2014 — take it

Jun 8th, 2014 | By

Bike Walk CT is doing an internet survey of biking and walking in every CT town.



Unit 3 at Millstone back to full power

Jun 8th, 2014 | By

Unit 3 at the Millstone Power Station returned to 100 percent capacity for electricity production on Thursday, 11 days after it was automatically shut down due to a short in the transmission lines that power plant operating systems, Millstone spokesman Ken Holt said today. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Unit 3

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Gov. Malloy touts investment in and expansion of New Haven Rail Yard

Jun 6th, 2014 | By
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) Commissioner James Redeker and other state and local officials, led a tour of the New Haven Rail Yard, which is undergoing a $1.15 billion, multi-year upgrade and expansion. The governor also announced that a fifth new power supply substation has been put into service on the New Haven commuter rail line, adding more redundancy and increasing options to reduce the chance of future prolonged power failures.



Governor’s Greenways Council Presents 15th Annual Greenways Awards 

Jun 6th, 2014 | By
The Northampton-New Haven Rail Trail (cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

The Governor’s Greenways Council has commended nine individuals and a non-profit organization that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways – linear open space in Connecticut – and designated five new greenways at a ceremony this morning along the Connecticut River Blueway at Goodwin College’s South Meadow Pavilion, East Hartford.



ebm-papst Inc. makes new investments in energy-saving facility upgrades

Jun 6th, 2014 | By
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Solar arrays and HVAC upgrades recently installed at the Farmington-based ebm-papst are projected to yield annual savings in heating and cooling costs which the company plans to reinvest in production and R&D growth. Part of the company’s ongoing GreenTech efforts to bring the next generation of efficiency to its entire complex, these systems go online as the company celebrates its annual GreenDay week.



Corps of Engineers proposes dredging Guilford Harbour Federal navigation project

Jun 6th, 2014 | By

The US Army Corps of Engineers, New England District is proposing to dredge the Guilford Harbour Federal navigation project in Guilford, Conn. Guilford Harbour is located in New Haven County within Long Island Sound.



U.S. warming fastest in Northeast, Southwest

Jun 6th, 2014 | By
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Ten states — Maine, Vermont, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware, New Mexico, Connecticut and New York — have gotten at least 2 degrees warmer in the past 30 years.



Free Entrance to Connecticut Parks on Open House Day

Jun 5th, 2014 | By

Some of Connecticut’s parks are opening for free in a week for Connecticut Open House Day June 14. The Connecticut Office of Tourism’s annual event highlights “arts, history and tourism offerings in the state,” according to a news release from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which is spearheading the state parks’ participation

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Water quality sample volunteers needed for Coginchaug River

Jun 5th, 2014 | By

The Connecticut River Watch Program is seeking for water sampling volunteers to assist with water quality study focused on the Coginchaug River. The study will assist in continuing efforts to identify and address sources of bacteria to the Coginchaug, a river that has been designated by the state as impaired due to poor water quality.

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Environmental groups say EPA’s Housatonic River cleanup plan falls short

Jun 5th, 2014 | By

Three leading environmental groups are throwing cold water on the recently released proposal by the federal government to reduce toxic PCB contamination of the Housatonic River from southern Pittsfield into Connecticut. “It’s a fairly weak plan,” said Tim Gray, the Housatonic riverkeeper and executive director of the Lee-based Housatonic River Initiative. “They’re proposing some things

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