Posts Tagged ‘ Pollution ’

Bottom-up Climate Fix, by Dan Esty

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By

WORLD leaders are at the United Nations this week, at the invitation of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, to “champion an ambitious vision anchored in action that will enable a meaningful global agreement” on climate change next year. But if history is any guide, the dialogue is unlikely to produce the ramped-up response we need to address the many threats we face from the unrelenting buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. … Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Daniel C. Esty.

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.

Nitrogen Pollution in Long Island Sound Continues to Decline

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
Muddy sediment empties into Long Island Sound from the Connecticut River after Hurricane Irene in 2011. (NASA Earth Observatory)

A new report says nitrogen pollution discharged into Long Island Sound continues an overall decline. That’s good news for marine life because too much nitrogen can fuel the growth of algae, which dies, settles on the ocean floor, and decays, using up oxygen in the process.

Agency: Climate change part of Sound problems

Jul 6th, 2014 | By

Long Island Sound may look healthy as it shimmers in the sunlight, but new studies raise questions about the waterway’s overall condition and whether beaches are safe for swimming. A federally funded report by The Nature Conservancy found seagrass along Connecticut’s coast — a critical habitat for shellfish and other species — has declined 90

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Great Benefits From Deep Carbon Cuts by John D. Calandrelli

Jun 12th, 2014 | By

Power plants are responsible for much of this country’s air pollution that threatens our climate and the health of Connecticut residents. Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the “Clean Power Plan” [June 3, Page 1, “EPA Seeks 30% Cut In Carbon Output”]. For more on this story, visit: Great Benefits From Deep Carbon Cuts

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Illegal Dumping in New Haven Harbor Leads to $1.2 Million in Fines

May 20th, 2014 | By
Long Island Sound shipping operations as seen from Lighthouse Point Park (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

Oily water separators are used on tanker ships to figure out whether or not oily waste is clean enough to dump in the ocean. In this case, investigators received a tip hours before a 577-foot tanker called the Bow Lind pulled into port in New Haven.

Seeking solution to Old Lyme pollution

May 5th, 2014 | By

Old Lyme is trying to figure out how to deal with sewage problems, particularly in the beach areas off Route 156. It’s not a new issue by any means. Densely packed beach cottages and sandy soil are not a good mix when it comes to the ability of septic systems to handle human waste. The

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Pollution is segregated, including in New Haven | Washington Post

Apr 24th, 2014 | By

Studies dating back to the 1970s have pointed to a consistent pattern in who lives near the kinds of hazards — toxic waste sites, landfills, congested highways — that few of us would willingly choose as neighbors. The invariable answer: poor people and communities of color.

Exposure from natural gas drilling tests air standards

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

by David Brown, Beth Weinberger, Celia Lewis, Heather Bonaparte Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, McMurray, PA, USA Corresponding author: David Brown, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, 4198 Washington Road, Suite 5, McMurray, PA 15317, USA Recent and projected growth in the oil and gas production sector has underscored the need for EPA to gain a

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Why parts of the Sound where hypoxia is worst have low transfer efficiency rates of nitrogen pollution discharge from wastewater treatment plants

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By

When you look at the map of transfer efficiencies, you notice that the efficiency generally gets higher from east to west, and from north to south.

Wastewater treatment plants closer to Western LIS and the Narrows, where hypoxia is worst, have the highest transfer efficiencies, which makes sense.

But some of the biggest plants which discharge into LIS are those serving New York City, which when combined, discharge just over 1,000,000,000 (yes, one billion) gallons of treated sewage per day. By volume of discharge and total nitrogen load, the impact of these plants dwarfs the impact of surrounding facilities.

Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Long Island Sound Study.

Connecticut Joins Neighboring States In Bid To Cut Air Pollution

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

Connecticut is joining a multi-state action to require upwind states to reduce air pollution that is carried to the Northeast, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday. With the announcement, Malloy said he is “sending a powerful message to upwind states: Stop dumping your air pollution on us – it’s time to clean up your act,”

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Long Island Sound could be in trouble during storm

Oct 28th, 2012 | By

As Connecticut braces for the possibility of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall here early next week, environmental officials worry that the state’s already overtaxed sewage treatment systems could find themselves in deep trouble. Neena Satija reports for The CT Mirror.

EPA’s ‘Brownfields’ program coming up short

Sep 26th, 2012 | By

Once one of the largest textile mill in the U.S., this 16.5 acre site in Sprague Conn., is a brownfield site, owned by the town. Officials, who are concerned that the site is a safety hazard, have been looking for a developer for years. In Oak Creek, Wis., a fence slashed with holes surrounds a

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Dealing with Connecticut brownfield sites is costly, time consuming for towns

Sep 16th, 2012 | By

Nearly every Connecticut community is laced with sites tainted by contaminants like lead, mercury, asbestos, PCBs, or petroleum.These sites, mostly vacant and abandoned, were once bustling gun, textile or hat mills, car repair shops — even the neighborhood dry cleaners. For more on this story, visit: Dealing with Connecticut brownfield sites is costly, time consuming

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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.

Powering Connecticut: Does Connecticut need another nuclear power plant?

Aug 17th, 2012 | By

Do we need another nuclear plant in the state, or are the risks too great? Should we reduce our reliance on nuclear power? What other sources of energy should we invest in? Our guests include David Talbot, chief correspondent for Technology Review magazine at MIT, who wrote an article called “The Great German Energy Experiment”

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Low Waters Reveal River Pollution

Jul 24th, 2012 | By

Tires, bottles, scrap metal, and more. It’s all trash and it’s all showing up in the low waters of the Connecticut River. “It’s never pleasant to see trash along the river banks and I don’t think anyone enjoys seeing that,” Angie Mrozinki said. Angie is Outreach Coordinator for the Connecticut River Watershed Council. She says

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EDITORIAL: Connecticut phases out costly cleanup program

Jul 14th, 2012 | By

The state fund that pays for cleanups of leaks from underground storage tanks, primarily at gasoline filling stations, is out of money. With some $400,000 in the fund, its board has agreed to pay out more than $18.2 million for fuel leaks. There is another $82 million in pending claims for reimbursement. via EDITORIAL: Connecticut

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Millstone wants to keep more nuclear waste on-site

Jul 4th, 2012 | By

Millstone Power Station owner Dominion plans to expand its nuclear waste storage capacity more than sevenfold at the 520-acre site of its three nuclear power plants.

Several Conn. swimming areas closed

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

State officials say poor water quality has forced the closure of several state park swimming areas. For more on this story, visit: Several Conn. swimming areas closed | Connecticut.