Posts Tagged ‘ Pollution ’

$16M awarded to clean up brownfields in Connecticut: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Mar 26th, 2012 | By

GOV. MALLOY: $16M AWARDED TO CLEAN UP BROWNFIELDS Round 2 Complete; DECD Now Accepting Applications for Round 3 (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has awarded more than $16 million in loans and grants for several brownfield projects throughout the state. “Cleaning

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Celebrate World Water Day Today — 22 March 2012

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By

There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ’drinks up’ 1,500 litres.

When a billion people in the world already live in chronic hunger and water resources are under pressure we cannot pretend the problem is ‘elsewhere’.

Connecticut fuel tank bill angers service station owners

Mar 19th, 2012 | By

A bill that would phase out the state’s program to replace or clean up underground fuel tanks is drawing the wrath of service station owners, who turned out en masse for a legislative hearing Friday. So many people turned out for the General Assembly’s Environment Committee meeting at the Legislative Office Building that an overflow

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Scofieldtown park landfill project expected to begin this spring

Feb 16th, 2012 | By

Although the end use of Stamford’s Scofieldtown Park still remains undecided, the city is going to start the process for a remediation project that will eventually place a cap on the 80-year-old landfill, according to city engineer Lou Casolo. In December, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) approved the city’s Scofieldtown Landfill

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Connecticut issues cease-and-desist order for activity at New Haven’s English Station (update)

Feb 16th, 2012 | By

Environmental Headlines apologizes for the advertising techniques used on the Register’s website. We still thought it an important enough story to link to this morning. I received an ad for a video plug in but was able to press the “back” button on my browser to return to the story. The state has issued a

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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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EPA sued by 11 US states over soot pollution

Feb 12th, 2012 | By

Eleven states, including California and New York, sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to compel it to review clean air standards for soot pollution nationwide, after the agency had missed an October deadline. Other states that brought the lawsuit are Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. The

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Mill River Park dumps its dirt

Feb 5th, 2012 | By

North Stamford residents noticed some unusual traffic this week. Large dump trucks, which are these days more likely to be found at construction sites in the South End than north of the Merritt Parkway, have been transporting mounds of soil to the padlocked Scofieldtown Park since early this week. The trucks are moving all the

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Feds give state until last day of legislative session to salvage fuel spill clean-up program

Feb 3rd, 2012 | By

At issue is a more than $80 million backlog in applications for assistance through Connecticut’s Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Cleanup Program — and hundreds of gasoline stations that fuel industry representatives say are at risk of going out of business. The warning letter, issued Jan. 26 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office in

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Nuclear Power Plants Threaten Drinking Water for 1.5 Million Connecticut Residents

Jan 27th, 2012 | By

The drinking water for 1.5 million people in Connecticut could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a nuclear power plant, says a new study released today by Environment Connecticut Research and Policy Center and the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. “Nuclear power’s risks hit too close to

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Vermont vs. Vermont Yankee | The Nation via

Jan 24th, 2012 | By

The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant sits on a peaceful bend of the Connecticut River, where jays call and herons dive lazily over sun-dappled water. There’s something ominously familiar, however, about the tower of Vermont Yankee’s reactor, which has the same design as those that melted down last spring at Fukushima in Japan. And just

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Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

Jan 18th, 2012 | By founder and Keystone XL protest leader Bill McKibben reacting to expected news of pipeline rejection stated: “Assuming that what we’re hearing is true, this isn’t just the right call, it’s the brave call. The knock on Barack Obama from many quarters has been that he’s too conciliatory. But here, in the face of a

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Small amount of tritium found in Connecticut River

Dec 28th, 2011 | By

Vermont Yankee says a small amount of radioactive tritium was found in a Connecticut River water sample, but follow-up samples showed no signs of it and the finding poses no risk to public health or safety. For more on this story, visit: Small amount of tritium found in Connecticut River –

Connecticut newspaper agrees with ‘Energy Advisory Board’ that nuclear power is safe

Dec 12th, 2011 | By

In its most recent report to the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board, a group chartered by the Connecticut legislature to advise state government and industry “in the application of science and engineering to the economic and social welfare,” suggests that state officials look seriously at expanding nuclear power plants in Connecticut. The Norwich Bulletin agrees.

The advisory board requested the academy examine advances in nuclear power technology last year as part of its overall review of the state’s energy policies.

Water contamination from horse manure is no joke in state

Nov 14th, 2011 | By

With 45,000 to 60,000 horses–the most of any New England state–producing 50 pounds of manure each a day, that’s about eight tons a year per horse. And with Long Island Sound pretty much the catchall for anything that gets into the ground, it’s definitely no joke.

Sewage spills into Old Greenwich waters | GreenwichTime

Nov 14th, 2011 | By

As much as 60,000 gallons of untreated sewage was released into the waters off Old Greenwich on Friday after a problem with the town’s sewer system was detected. Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said Saturday that the department was notified by the town late Friday afternoon that

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Greater Hartford Transit District receives $295,398 from EPA to Reduce Emissions

Nov 8th, 2011 | By

Diesel engines contribute significantly to air pollution, especially in urban areas. The fine particles in diesel exhaust pose serious health risks, including aggravated asthma and other respiratory symptoms. Children are especially vulnerable to these effects. The Northeast has some of the highest asthma rates in the nation, including a childhood asthma rate above 10 percent in all six New England states.

Soil contamination ups cost of auditorium project by more than $200K

Nov 6th, 2011 | By

An older story but a good one that a reader brought to our attention: The cost of removing contaminated soil from Greenwich High School and doing additional environmental testing will take at least $225,000 from the contingency budget for the $29 million auditorium project, officials said Tuesday. The building committee for the music instruction space

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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 –

Nuclear Disaster in the US: How Bechtel Is Botching the World’s Costliest Environmental Cleanup

Nov 1st, 2011 | By

Razor wire surrounds Hanford’s makeshift borders while tattered signs warn of potential contamination and fines for those daring enough to trespass. This vast stretch of eastern Washington, covering more than 580 square miles of high desert plains, is rural Washington at its most serene. But it’s inaccessible for good reason: It is, by all accounts,

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