Posts Tagged ‘ CEQ ’

CEQ updates annual environmental report

Jul 4th, 2014 | By

Two summertime updates, both positive: Connecticut is on track for reducing nitrogen pollution in Long Island Sound, and Connecticut businesses continue to use electricity more efficiently.

CEQ Report shows public land vulnerable to taking

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

Imagine that you bought a house — and paid a premium — because the property adjoined a state park or forest. You would probably think the serene and exhilarating woodland would always be there. You might well be wrong. Though some open land is permanently protected, the majority is subject to transfer or exchange by

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State of CT’s environment – not so good

Apr 11th, 2013 | By

There’s not much to celebrate in the Council on Environmental Quality‘s 40th annual report on the Connecticut environment. Aside from a few small improvements, the overall state of things is status quo at best punctuated by backsliding in key areas. The Council acknowledged in its opening that: “Connecticut’s environment is resistant to improvement,” laying the

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CEQ makes environmental, legislative recommendations to the Governor

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

CEQ recommendations for legislation as of January 2013 include maintaining the foundation on which Connecticut’s environmental progress is built, including strengthening the state’s Clean Water Fund — the foundation of progress toward sewage-free rivers and a Long Island Sound that sustains valuable marine life. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story!

Connecticut Council Seeks Public’s Ideas for Environment

Nov 24th, 2012 | By

The Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality wants the public’s help in coming up with recommendations for new environmental legislation to be addressed in the next session of the General Assembly. The council is holding a forum on Nov. 28 at the Legislative Office Building. Written submissions will also be accepted. See the CT Environmental Headlines

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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.

Connecticut’s leafy residential landscape found to be factor in extended power outages

Jun 19th, 2012 | By

Extended power outages linked to residents’ embrace of ‘wildland-urban interface’ Connecticut’s unique residential development patterns made the state more vulnerable to extended power outages and other impacts from Tropical Storm Irene and the October snowstorm. That was one of the findings in the state Council on Environmental Quality annual report on the condition of Connecticut’s

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Governor signs open space law

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

Connecticut residents who are concerned about conservation have reason to be optimistic this week.

Governor Malloy signed a new law on Friday — Public Act No. 12-152, An Act Concerning the State’s Open Space Plan — that requires Connecticut to devise a formal strategy for protecting open space, and to update it every five years. That’s good news because Connecticut’s official goal is to protect 21 percent of the land in the state, and it’s obviously easier to reach a goal if you have a plan for getting there.

2011 storms ‘revealing’: Annual CEQ report. Who’s violating Connecticut’s Environmental Laws?

Jun 10th, 2012 | By

The October snowstorm resulted in “atrocious” air quality, apparently because of emissions from generators, wood stoves and fireplaces, according to the Council on Environmental Quality’s annual report delivered to the governor Thursday.

“Northern Connecticut probably saw particle levels over twice the standard that protects human health,” the report says. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

CEQ recommends 12 improvements to CT environmental laws

Jan 25th, 2012 | By

CEQ has released its recommendations for legislation, highlighting the need to step up land conservation, both in the amount of land preserved and in the state’s strategy for selecting land for preservation. Ideas for “no-cost” preservation are included. The recommendations also call for more training for members of municipal inlands wetlands agencies, for continued funding of the state Clean Water Fund, and for a financial analysis of how much money will be needed to control pollution from runoff in developed areas of the state. For more about the recommendations and links to all the details, click on this environmental headline. Don’t forget … you can click on the donate button over there on the right hand side to support this website :o) Thanks!

A bit of Good News regarding the CEQ

Aug 28th, 2011 | By

A note from Marty Mador, of the Sierra Club about the effort during the 2011 legislative session to save the Council on Environmental Quality. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy does not like the watchdogs, and repeatedly tried to zero out CEQs  funding. Many legislators promised to support CEQ, and full funding (less than $200,000 for 2

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CEQ’s Wagner calls for outdoor furnaces moratorium

Feb 15th, 2011 | By

Testifying before the General Assembly’s environment committee, Council on Environmental Quality Executive Director Karl Wagener said a “moratorium” should be enacted until the state Department of Environmental Protection issues updated regulations.

Environmental council says state needs better data

Nov 22nd, 2010 | By

Connecticut’s environmental watchdog panel says the state does not know how much open space or wildlife habitat it has and is relying on outdated data to make critical decisions about preservation or development. Christine Woodside reports for the The Connecticut Mirror.