Posts Tagged ‘ Pollution ’

U.S. Rivers and Streams Saturated With Carbon

Oct 17th, 2011 | By

Rivers and streams in the United States are releasing enough carbon into the atmosphere to fuel 3.4 million car trips to the moon, according to Yale researchers in Nature Geoscience. Their findings could change the way scientists model the movement of carbon between land, water and the atmosphere.

The researchers assert that a significant amount of carbon contained in land is leaking into streams and rivers and then released into the atmosphere before reaching coastal waterways.

North Stamford cancer rates focus of new report

Sep 28th, 2011 | By

City officials and neighborhood groups have been investigating environmental pollution in North Stamford since May 2009, when a federal Environmental Protection Agency report in late 2008 revealed the 18-acre Scofieldtown Park, located on a former dump, contained soil contaminants in amounts exceeding levels recommend by the EPA. Further investigation revealed the well water of many

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Avery Point scientist a global leader in mercury research

Sep 26th, 2011 | By

If mercury were a character in a mystery novel, professor William Fitzgerald would be the tenacious and brilliant Sherlock Holmes figure, relentlessly pursuing a villain who is both fascinating and dangerous. Volatile and toxic, the element that sits beside gold on the periodic table has lured Fitzgerald to remote Pacific Islands, to the tops of

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‘Emerging contaminants of concern’ detected throughout Narragansett Bay watershed

Sep 26th, 2011 | By

Chemicals found at low levels at all sites tested A group of hazardous chemical compounds that are common in industrial processes and personal care products but which are not typically monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency have been detected throughout the Narragansett Bay watershed, according to a University of Rhode Island researcher. The researcher, Rainer

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Get Your Feet Wet: Help Protect Rivers in Weston

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By

Within the thousands of miles of streams carved into Connecticut’s landscape lie a host of aquatic species – from fish to those undetectable by the naked eye. These bodies of water have provided us with means of transportation, livelihood and recreation for centuries. Our rivers make Connecticut unique and appealing. The Nature Conservancy’s Saugatuck River

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Analysis finds program could reduce GHG emissions, reduce fuel consumption, and ‘enhance’ eneryg security

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By

The Economic Analysis of a Program to Promote Clean Transportation Fuels in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region released by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, summarizes the results of an analysis of potential economic impacts of reducing carbon emissions from transportation fuels in the eleven state northeast and mid-Atlantic region. On a regional basis, the transportation sector accounts for about one-third of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Nearly 100 percent of the transportation fuel used in the region is imported from outside the eleven states. Click on this environmental headline to read more about this report and find out about an upcoming meeting in Hartford with the authors.

Al Gore accuses Barack Obama of bowing ‘to pressure from polluters’ |

Sep 8th, 2011 | By

Gore’s most stinging rebuke in the brief post came when he said: “President Obama appears to have bowed to pressure from polluters who did not want to bear the cost of implementing new restrictions on their harmful pollution,” saying the net result will be lung disease and asthma …. Read more here: Al Gore accuses

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Federal regulators say water leak forces Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear reactor to shut down

Sep 6th, 2011 | By

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear power plant has shut one of its two reactors to stop a water leak. Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the federal agency, said Tuesday the reactor in southeast Connecticut was shut Saturday because the leak exceeded the plant’s specifications. He said the reactor remains down. Read more

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Report Released Analyzing Toxicity of Dispersants Used In Gulf Oil Disaster

Aug 25th, 2011 | By

EPA Urged to Disclose Ingredients, Test Chemicals and Set Standards NEW YORK – August 25 – A report released this week states that five of the 57 ingredients in dispersants eligible for use in response to oil spills are linked to cancer.  Dispersants are used to clean up oil spills and contain chemicals that break

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Labor groups differ over US-Canada oil pipeline | The AP

Aug 21st, 2011 | By

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Canadian company’s plan to pipe oil from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast is pitting traditional Democratic allies against each other. Two major unions said Friday they oppose the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline. That stance aligns them with environmentalists but puts them at odds with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one

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Meeting to focus on English Station demolition plans? in New Haven

Aug 20th, 2011 | By

NEW HAVEN — Work to demolish the mothballed English Station has been halted so owners of the power plant, the demolition company and city officials can come to an agreement on whether the project can proceed. Read more here: Meeting to focus on English Station demolition plans? in New Haven- The New Haven Register –

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Aug 19th, 2011 | By

Don’t forget about CT Environmental Headlines in your annual budget this year. CT Environmental Headlines has been aggregating Connecticut’s environmental news stories for you. We’re not a big site like Huffington Post or Common Dreams. We’re a local, Connecticut-based blog focusing almost exclusively on making readers aware of Connecticut environmental news stories being reported on

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Hartford businesses want power plant shut

Aug 19th, 2011 | By

Representatives from 80 small businesses around Hartford gathered in front of City Hall on Wednesday morning calling for the shutdown of the waste-to-energy power plant that gives Connecticut the lowest landfill rate in the nation. In an effort to increase statewide recycling rates, the businesses and advocacy group Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice delivered petitions

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English Station power plant in New Haven to be demolished; owner mum on future

Aug 18th, 2011 | By

NEW HAVEN — Preliminary work is under way to tear down the mothballed English Station power plant, with demolition of the building scheduled to be completed early next year, according to a representative of the plant’s owner.

Turkey Point: Five Reasons Miami’s Nuclear Power Plant Is Apocalyptically Unsafe

Aug 17th, 2011 | By

It’s old. FPL employees are afraid to report safety concerns. Just like in Japan, Turkey Point is extremely susceptible to a meltdown caused by a natural disaster. And just like in Japan, Turkey Point’s spent fuel pools are a catastrophe waiting to occur. If Turkey Point melts down, Miami is doomed. Gus Garcia-Roberts reports for Miami New Times.

Watching Out for Our Water

Aug 11th, 2011 | By

Water is at risk in the United States and around the world. Its quality and availability is in peril. Today, nearly one in eight people lack access to adequate supplies of safe drinking water. Globally, water-borne diseases kill more people than tuberculosis or malaria, and five times as many children die of diarrhea than of HIV/AIDS. Read more about what companies pollute our water with chemicals that sicken us and make is difficult or impossible for people around the world to access clean, safe drinking water.

Panel urges speedy removal of CT nuclear waste

Aug 10th, 2011 | By

Connecticut’s electric utilities and the state’s largest power generator cheered a federal panel’s report urging the U.S. Department of Energy to do what the state advocated for years — remove nuclear waste from Connecticut, rapidly. The federal Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future issued its draft report on July 29, addressing the problem of

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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.

Strontium-90 detected in fish near Vermont Yankee | Burlington Free Press |

Aug 3rd, 2011 | By

A sample of fish taken in 2010 from the Connecticut River, nine miles upstream from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, yielded some eyebrow-raising results that came to light Tuesday. For the first time in 13 fish samples the state has had tested since January 2010, this one showed low levels of the powerful radionuclide strontium-90

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Many reasons to close Indian Point

Jul 26th, 2011 | By

This is in response to the Connecticut Post article on the Indian Point nuclear power plant, and the radioactive strontium that has invaded cows, goats, humans and our Fairfield County children. If strontium 90 exists only as a byproduct of nuclear fission, then how can these irresponsible nuclear plant owners deny its presence in our

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