Posts Tagged ‘ air pollution ’

DEEP Grant Program Aims to Replace or Remove Inefficient Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces

Aug 14th, 2014 | By

As part of an overall effort to address public health and environmental issues raised by the use of Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced a grant program that offers a financial incentive for the removal or replacement of older, less efficient units. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

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 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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CT, again, has worst smog in New England

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

For the second summer in a row, Connecticut had the most smog-filled days in New England, even though the state did improve 37 percent. Connecticut had 17 days of unhealthy ozone – also known as smog – in the summer, according to a report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ozone is caused when air

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Lawsuit Seeks Full Implementation of Modern Clean Air Act Standards for Lead

Sep 24th, 2012 | By

The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to fully implement new air-quality standards for lead, required under the Clean Air Act. The EPA revised 30-year-old air standards for lead in 2008, lowering allowable airborne lead levels by 90 percent to protect health and environmental quality.

Obama Admin. Finalizes Historic Clean Car Standards: Standards Will Slash Pollution and Cut Oil Use in Connecticut

Aug 29th, 2012 | By

The Obama administration has finalized new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today’s vehicles by 2025, drastically reducing emissions of carbon pollution and cutting oil use in Connecticut and nationwide. The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025, and require those vehicles to meet the equivalent of a 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard by 2025.

CEQ commends CRRA and DEEP for reducing air pollution from South Meadow ‘jets’

Aug 21st, 2012 | By

The Chair of the state’s Council on Environmental Quality has issued a statement commending the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for taking steps to reduce air pollution from the Hartford power plant known as the South Meadow “jets.”

The South Meadow plant has eight aging jet turbine engines that burn jet fuel to generate electricity on days of high electricity demand.

Help solve our sooty mess, from Environment Connecticut

Aug 14th, 2012 | By

A dispatch from Johanna Neumann, Environment Connecticut Regional Director Tens of thousands of Americans’ lives are cut short every year because of soot pollution. As alarming as that is, what’s worse is that we’ve had the technology for years to clean up the largest sources of soot pollution—power plants and diesel vehicles—but polluters have dragged

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MowGreen Augmenting Push Reels with Cordless Electric Rotary

Jun 29th, 2012 | By

Reel mowers are like many little scissors snipping the grass, which is why they are healthier for the grass than rotary power mowers which rip the grass rather than clip it. However, sometimes the cut is smoother with rotaries, especially when grass gets too long for reel mowers to be effective. Click on this environmental headline for more from one of our favorite supporters!

Evangelicals Praise Senate For Protecting the Unborn from Mercury Pollution

Jun 22nd, 2012 | By

WASHINGTON, DC – In a full vote this week the Senate rejected a measure intended to roll back the EPA’s implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), a rule that would limit mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants. “Today is a great day for our kids and the unborn. The U.S. Senate did

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New regulations aim for cleaner air

Jun 19th, 2012 | By

When the electricity went out in the October nor’easter, generators and wood stoves started heating up, and people began coughing. “We started to get more office visits,” said Dr. Abhijith Hegde, a pulmonologist with Western Connecticut Health Network. “There was a little spike of visits to the emergency department.” For more on this story, visit:

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Atty Gen: CT others win ‘major victory’ for more than 100 million Americans whose health is threatened by air pollution

Jun 16th, 2012 | By

Settlement Requires EPA to Update National Standards for Soot Pollution by End of the Year Connecticut and coalition of 10 other states win major victory for more than 100 million Americans whose health is threatened by this air pollution The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will produce updated national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) on

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Let’s Talk About the Real Cost of Dirty Power: AEP and 3,200 Pollution Deaths

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By

American Electric Power (AEP) will be much in the news this week, with an annual shareholder meeting in Tulsa Oklahoma on Tuesday and a speech by AEP’s CEO and President Nick Akins to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. You can count on AEP spending a lot of time during these events talking about

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Sides ready for new round on outdoor wood furnaces

Feb 15th, 2012 | By

In 2005, the legislature passed siting rules that said outdoor wood furnaces installed beginning that July had to be 200 feet from a neighboring structure not being heated by the furnace. The top of the stack had to be higher than all the roof peaks within 500 feet, but couldn’t be higher than 55 feet.

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New Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Will Protect Children and Save Lives | Fred Krupp via

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By

This is one of the best weeks I’ve had in a long time. Right on the heels of today’s landmark court decision upholding European laws to reduce airplane pollution, we got another historic moment for the environment and public health. Today, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson unveiled the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which will

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Trailblazing States on Pollution | Rob Sargent, Environment America,

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By

Shame on Congress and the coal and oil lobby for blocking progress. But we can act at the local and state level and begin to reduce pollution today. We’ll show it can be done while building political support for a comprehensive national strategy. For more on this story, visit: Trailblazing States on Pollution –

Pennsylvania coal power plant blamed for polluting N.J. air must better control its emissions, federal authorities rule

Nov 1st, 2011 | By

Under the rule, 27 states, including New Jersey, must install better pollution control equipment. The EPA says this is the only way those states can meet the federal Clean Air Act, though opponents say it could increase electricity prices and cause layoffs.

U.S. progresses on concept of cleaner cars

Aug 4th, 2011 | By

At a ceremony, convened by the White House, President Barack Obama unveiled an exciting new agreement with major automakers and the State of California to strengthen fuel efficiency and global warming emissions standards for new cars and trucks, the Union of Concerned Scientists reports.

Reactions to the EPA’s cross-state air pollution rule

Jul 8th, 2011 | By

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized Clean Air Act protections that will slash hundreds of thousands of tons of smokestack emissions that travel long distances through the air and threaten the health of hundreds of millions of Americans living downwind. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will protect communities that are home to 240

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Litchfield County Comprehensive: Bethlehem adopts ‘no idling’ law

Jul 3rd, 2011 | By

The town, along with several businesses in town, have signed on to the “No Idling” state law which prohibits motor vehicle idling for longer than three minutes.

Simsbury Selectmen Approve Ordinance Banning Outdoor Wood-Burning Furnaces

Jun 28th, 2011 | By

On Monday, the board of selectmen voted unanimously to pass an ordinance banning outdoor wood-burning furnaces, effective June 27, 2011.