Posts Tagged ‘ Pollution ’

City of (Sewage in the) Water | Larry Levine’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Jul 24th, 2011 | By

While New York Harbor is generally cleaner than it’s been in a century — thanks to the very same Clean Water Act that a majority in the House of Representatives voted to gut last week — the city still ROUTINELY dumps billions of gallons sewage into local waterways every year when it rains.

EPA Issues Final Guidance to Protect Water Quality in Appalachian Communities from Impacts of Mountaintop Mining

Jul 22nd, 2011 | By

The U.S. EPA today released final guidance on Appalachian surface coal mining, designed to ensure more consistent, effective, and timely review of surface coal mining permits under the Clean Water Act and other statutes. The guidance, which replaces the interim-final guidance issued by EPA on April 1, 2010, is based on the best-available science and incorporates input and feedback from over 60,000 comments received from the public and key stakeholders.

Ohio, PA and Fla Lead List of ‘Toxic 20’ States; CT in top 40

Jul 21st, 2011 | By

Residents of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida live in states with the most toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The study used publicly-available data in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The analysis, entitled “Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States” was jointly released today by NRDC and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).

The nuclear-safety debate hits home

Jul 20th, 2011 | By

Recent, yet-to-be-released testing by such a group in Fairfield County and nearby New York areas has found low levels of two types of radioactive strontium in the milk of goats, cows and humans. The results, expected to be released within weeks, were termed “striking” by one expert who reviewed the data provided to Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

Studies by another activist group have found strontium in the baby teeth of Fairfield County children.

Protesters rally against Bridgeport coal plant

Jul 17th, 2011 | By

A group of climate activists led a protest at the gates of the Bridgeport Harbor Power Station Wednesday. The protesters said they were calling for a change from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

NRC recommends safety measures for nuke plants | The Day

Jul 14th, 2011 | By

A federal task force Wednesday recommended sweeping regulatory changes to better protect the public and the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors, including two at the Millstone Power Station in Waterford, in light of the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster in Japan, Patricia Daddona of The Day in New London reports.

Exxon’s Yellowstone oil spill shows pipeline risks

Jul 6th, 2011 | By

The Institute for Southern Studies reports that the environmental disaster that began unfolding last week when an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured in Montana and spilled an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River highlights the serious environmental risks associated with the oil industry’s infrastructure — and foreshadows the problems likely to arise if that infrastructure spreads to other states that are now considering offshore drilling.

Connecticut Trash Titan Trying To Rise From Ashes

Jul 3rd, 2011 | By

Even if it wasn’t Philip Armetta behind the recently revealed plans to build construction-debris recycling plants and ash landfills in Lisbon and Middletown, the venture might raise eyebrows given the fragile economy and general perceptions about such dumps.

2010 Beach closings and advisories up 32 percent from 2009 (update)

Jun 30th, 2011 | By

The annual report examines national water quality and beach closings data for 2010, breaking down the information state-by-state and beach-by-beach. There were 143 beach closings and advisories in Connecticut in 2010, a 32 percent increase from 2009.

“The number of beach closures and advisory days in Connecticut rose significantly last year and we tumbled to 24th in the nation for the number of bacteria tests exceeding national beach standards,” said Leah Schmalz, director of legal and legislative affairs for Save the Sound.

EDITORIAL: Nuclear waste report suppressed

Jun 27th, 2011 | By

Despite years of criticism that the administration of former President George W. Bush altered or suppressed scientific reports that contradict its policies, President Barack Obama has chosen the same path in his opposition to the permanent storage of nuclear waste deep within Nevada’s Yucca Mountain.

Long Island Beaches Close for Safety

Jun 21st, 2011 | By

A precaution has been issued for a Long Island beach after potentially toxic levels of bacteria were found in the water.

Are The Drugs We Take Ending Up In Our Rivers?

Jun 4th, 2011 | By

Drugs — legal and illegal, prescribed and over-the-counter — are so plentiful in modern life that we may be literally, and figuratively, swimming in them.

Japan: Seeking higher ground, abandoning nuclear plans, ramping up plans for renewables | The Guardian

May 19th, 2011 | By

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has ordered the temporary closure of Hamaoka – the nuclear plant that sits on an active faultline – while a new tsunami wall is built, and he has abandoned plans to build 14 reactors over the next 20 years, opting instead for a 20% increase in renewables.

Connecticut needs to get off the bottle – the water bottle

May 11th, 2011 | By

By BETH BYE and BILL FINCH Bottled water has become ubiquitous in our culture, but many people are unaware of the harmful effects that drinking bottled water has on our environment — and on our state and city budgets. Over the last 30 years, the bottled water industry has, through misleading marketing, manufactured public demand

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Burton v. Dominion Nuclear Connecticut Inc. decision online — Argued Dec. 6, 2010

Apr 20th, 2011 | By

The plaintiff, Nancy Burton, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dismissing her complaint and denying her application for a temporary restraining order on the ground that the court lacked subject matter jurisdiction.

CT among states urging House energy chair to keep air regs

Feb 14th, 2011 | By

Overturning common-sense environmental regulations so that the cement industry’s interests are prioritized over the air New Yorkers breathe, is simply unconscionable,” New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said.

2500 Scientists Reject Attacks on Clean Air Act

Feb 9th, 2011 | By

More than 2,500 U.S. scientists have sent a letter urging members of Congress to reject legislation that would undermine a U.S. EPA finding under the Clean Air Act that heat-trapping emissions are altering the climate and endangering public health.

Green Fund Bill Goes to Planning and Development Committee

Jan 18th, 2011 | By

State Sen. Ed Meyer has filed Proposed SB 46 which embodies the essence of previous “green fund” bills. The bill now goes to the Planning and Development Committee for consideration.

Would a Fee Prevent Connecticut Residents From Using So Many Plastic Bags?

Jan 18th, 2011 | By

State Sen. Ed Meyer hope an environmental fee would keep Connecticut residents from using so moany plastic bags.

Norwalk power plant leaks a little oil into LI Sound

Dec 14th, 2010 | By

A malfunction in the oil tank ventilation system at an NRG power plant in Norwalk leaked a small amount of oil to leak into the Sound.