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Connecticut farmers adapt to climate change

Jul 24th, 2012 | By

By Mercy Quaye, Special to the Register April showers usually bring May flowers, but this year, the flowers came early. Strange weather across the state and country has many farmers adapting to a severely changing climate. In Madison, a family of farmers pulls out a vegetable stand to the side of the road daily. Though

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Record Year For Connecticut Shad: 1 Million Return To State To Spawn

Jun 13th, 2012 | By

It’s been a banner year for American shad – Connecticut’s state fish. Based on counts at the Holyoke dam on the Connecticut River, where migratory fish are tallied, state fisheries biologists estimate that nearly 1 million shad returned to the river this spring to spawn – making it the largest shad run in 20 years.

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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.

State lures chemical firm mired In pollution disputes with $3M

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

When Tronox Inc. emerged from bankruptcy in February 2011, it said it would keep its headquarters in Oklahoma City, though with half as many employees as it had there when the company was spun off from Kerr-McGee Corp. in 2005, according to story in the Oklahoman.

Attempts to bring salmon back to the Connecticut River aren’t doing much

May 8th, 2012 | By

Every year, hatchery trucks dump hundreds of thousands of little salmon “fry” into Connecticut River system streams. It’s part of a four-decade-long attempt to bring back an iconic fish that disappeared from these waters in the early 1800s. It isn’t working. No one is exactly sure why it’s not working. And, despite the millions of

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Broadwater withdrawal signals floating gas plant ‘dead’

Mar 7th, 2012 | By

“In sending a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting to vacate their certificates, Broadwater has signaled that their proposed floating gas plant is finally dead,” said Leah Schmalz, director of legal and legislative affairs for Save the Sound.

After years of opposition, protests, petitions, legal wrangling, and partnering with federal and state officials on both sides of Long Island Sound, “the health and safety of our Sound will not be compromised by the proposed industrial complex.” Click on this environmental headline for more on this story from Save the Sound.

GMO bill progresses: A note from Bill Duesing of CT NOFA

Feb 17th, 2012 | By

Friends, Things are moving rapidly with the GMO labeling bill in Connecticut. It was submitted and given a number yesterday. HB 5117. The links below are to the bill history page (1), the bill itself (2)and the hearing agenda(3). The hearing is scheduled for February 22, at 11:00 am in LOB room 1C. That is

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Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Threatens Drinking Water for more than 11 Million People

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By

The drinking water for more than 11.3 million people could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at the Indian Point Nuclear Facility, says a new study released today by Environment New York.

The report also shows that Indian Point Nuclear Plant threatens drinking water supplies for more than twice as many people compared to any other nuclear facility in the nation. New York City Is the largest city in the country with water supplies at risk of a nuclear accident.

New Mercury and Air Toxics Standards to improve Human Health

Dec 27th, 2011 | By

EPA’s new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards will improve people’s health by requiring power plants that contribute to air pollution in Connecticut to use widely available, proven pollution control technologies to protect families from pollutants like mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases.

These new standards will prevent up to 90 premature deaths in Connecticut while creating up to $750 million in health benefits in 2016. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

Environmental organizations recommend changes to state brownfields program

Nov 15th, 2011 | By

Nine environmental organizations have filed comments to make sure that environmental priorities figure strongly in recommendations made to overhaul or completely re-invent the Connecticut Site Remediation (or brownfields) program some say has served the state badly for decades. Different programs, unclear rules, lack of economic incentives, barriers to re-mediate, are among the concerns addressed in a letter submitted to the DEEP, which has been examining the process since this summer. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

CT, NJ, 8 other states join Northeast Electric Vehicle Network (update with CT DEEP statement)

Oct 21st, 2011 | By

New Jersey has joined other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that will attempt to collaborate in an effort to promote electric vehicles and vehicles that use alternative fuels such as natural gas and bio-fuels to help improve air quality throughout the region.

Rell saved 74 farms; helped preserve 8,000 acres

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said she is particularly proud of her administration’s efforts to preserve open space in the state. Since taking office, Rell has helped save at least 74 farms, totalling nearly 8,000 acres of open space. “We’ve done more in farmland and open space preservation than any administration — ever,” Rell said. via

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Trash Authority Has Been Good Steward

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

Managing the safe disposal of garbage — something that most people would rather not think about — is humbling. We have no delusions of grandeur, no expectations of the state congratulating us for a job well done. But looking back at what we’ve achieved, CRRA’s board members should be proud. I am. Michael A. Pace

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The Register’s Nature Calendar

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

From a New Year’s Day Hike in Hamden to First Wednesday Walks with the New Haven Bird Club, walks in Osbornedale State Park, a talk with Dr. Robert DeCandido at a meeting of the Menunkatuck Audubon Society, the History of New Haven Bird Club with John Triana. The New Haven Register has a nice nature

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DEP: Notice of Intent to Reissue the General Permit for the Storage and Processing of Scrap Tires for Recycling and Beneficial Use

Dec 5th, 2010 | By

The following public notice has been posted on the CT DEP website and some are wondering whether this is a good idea: General Permit for the Storage and Processing of Scrap Tires for Recycling and Beneficial Use The Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection the “Department”, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 22a-209f hereby

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Connecticut Summit on Business Sustainability, Dec. 7, 2010

Nov 10th, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Summit on Business Sustainability will take place Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT, 06106.

Bad news about bats on what some consider their national holiday

Oct 31st, 2010 | By

Scientists can’t remember the last time there were so many bats dying. The Connecticut DEP calls it a silent invader and a ‘conservation horror story occurring here in Connecticut.’ In less than four years, white-nose syndrome has killed thousands of Connecticut’s bats and more than a million bats throughout the Northeast.

$2.3M for hybrid buses in CT

Oct 29th, 2010 | By

Connecticut has been awarded a $2.3 million competitive grant to purchase hybrid buses that will provide energy-efficient transit options for Connecticut commuters and help reduce global warming.

DEP warning drivers of moose

Oct 25th, 2010 | By

Because fall is the breeding season for both white-tailed deer and moose, the DEP Wildlife Division is reminding motorists to be watchful of increased deer and moose activity, especially during early morning and evening hours.

DEP’s proposed stream-flow regulations unpopular

Oct 22nd, 2010 | By

Proposed regs to help protect aquatic wildlife living in the state’s streams would cost water customers millions of dollars, the president and chief executive officer of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority writes in The New Haven Register today.