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Statement of Lisa P. Jackson on Use of Dispersants in BP Oil Spill

Jul 15th, 2010 | By

Senate Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Chairman Mikulski, Ranking Member Shelby and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify on the role of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill response. My testimony today will provide you with an

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Weekly tests monitor Connecticut River’s health | masslive.com

Jul 12th, 2010 | By

SPRINGFIELD – Volunteer researchers are devoting part of their summer to finding out how safe the Connecticut River is for swimming and boating. Every Wednesday, nine volunteers gather samples of water from eight sections of the Connecticut and one area of the Chicopee River as part of the Connecticut River Water Quality Monitoring Project. The

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Pine barrens closer to dedication in Schwenk’s name

Jul 8th, 2010 | By

Diana Urban said she is thrilled that a large section of the pine barrens in Westhampton could soon be named after her late father, Edwin “Buzz” Schwenk, who wanted his legacy to be based on the work he did to preserve that land. Ms. Urban, a Democratic state legislator from North Stonington, Connecticut, said her

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(audio) Lawmakers Seek Surcharge On Water Bottles | WBUR

Jul 7th, 2010 | By

For more than 25 years, beer and soda drinkers in Massachusetts pay a little extra every time they shop. Every bottle or can carries a 5-cent surcharge. Bring the container back empty, and they get that nickel back. Now lawmakers and environmental advocates want to expand the law to cover water bottles and other non-carbonated

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NRC finds more problems at Vt. Nuke, calls for shutdown begin

Jul 5th, 2010 | By

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has found that the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant has been using the wrong kind of electrical cables in part of its operation, potentially short-circuiting and disabling the plant’s safety system.



Champlain Hudson Power Line Proposed

Jul 5th, 2010 | By

GLENS FALLS—The U.S. Department of Energy will be conducted a public meeting in Glens Falls on Thursday, July 15 on a proposed $3.8 billion power line that would run about 385 miles from Quebec to Connecticut under Lake Champlain, the Hudson River and the Long Island Sound. The meeting will be held at the Ramada

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RI Senate committee approves estuary bill

Jul 1st, 2010 | By

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today reauthorized the National Estuary Program that was initially created in 1987 by the late Sen. John H. Chafee. If approved by the full Senate and the House, the program could double the amount going to environmental programs in Narragansett Bay, reaching a total of $1.25 million annually.

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GE Loses Challenge to Superfund Law in Hudson Pollution Case

Jun 30th, 2010 | By

June 30 (Bloomberg) — General Electric Co. failed to convince a federal appeals court that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund law governing cleanup of hazardous waste sites is unconstitutional. via GE Loses Challenge to Superfund Law in Hudson Pollution Case – BusinessWeek. IF YOU FOUND THIS STORY HELPFUL, PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TO THIS

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Government sued over Cape Wind project

Jun 26th, 2010 | By

The federal government’s approval of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm earlier this year is facing its first legal challenge. A coalition of nine individuals, environmental organizations and the project’s primary opposition group, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. They claim the U.S. Department of

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Springfield river group earns national honor

Jun 26th, 2010 | By

SPRINGFIELD – The Black River Action Team has received national recognition for its grass-roots cleanup and education efforts. The Black River flows into the Connecticut River, and BRAT’s efforts dovetail with those of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which has performed a “source to sea” cleanup for the last 13 years. via Springfield river group

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New York State Senate Passes Low-Sulfur Heating Oil Bill

Jun 18th, 2010 | By

New York’s State Senate put New York on the path to join its Northeastern neighbors Maine and Connecticut in mandating low-sulfur heating oil. While the bill passed the New York Assembly by a landslide of 146-1, the State Senate vote proved more contentious and the bill’s passage provoked outrage from several Senators. via New York

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What Rachel Maddow wish Obama had said (and many others do too)

Jun 17th, 2010 | By

“Never again, will any company, anyone, be allowed to drill in a location where they are incapable of dealing with the potential consequences of that drilling.” Video via Huffington Post Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy More from Rachel Maddows fake presidential Oval Office speech: “When the benefits of

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The Highlands of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

Jun 13th, 2010 | By

Highlands Regional Study: Connecticut and Pennsylvania 2010 Update: The public review draft is available here for public comment. Comment on the public review draft here. Read the Federal Register notice here. Read the technical reports here. The USDA Forest Service has completed its inventory and evaluation of natural resources in the Highlands of Connecticut and

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Sen. Brown opposes Fall River LNG terminal (video)

Jun 13th, 2010 | By

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) toured the site of the proposed liquefied natural gas facility in Fall River on Saturday. It is a battle that has been brewing in Fall River for nearly a decade. Weaver’s Cove has proposed building a floating natural gas terminal in Mount Hope Bay. via Sen. Brown opposes Fall River LNG

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Cape lobster industry faces crisis

Jun 13th, 2010 | By

In what could be the first major economic blow to local fisheries pinned on global warming, regulators are contemplating shutting down the lobster industry from Buzzards Bay to Long Island Sound for five years due to a drastic population drop brought on by temperature changes of just a few degrees in inshore waters. via Cape

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Connecticut River water quality monitoring project will keep river users informed of E. coli levels

Jun 6th, 2010 | By

Trained volunteers from Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties will collect water samples at nine locations along the mainstream of the Connecticut River throughout the summer as part of a water quality monitoring project being partially funded by federal stimulus money.



RI panel comes out against proposed LNG facility

Jun 5th, 2010 | By

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A state Senate task force in Rhode Island has come out against a proposal to build an offshore loading berth for liquefied natural gas in Mount Hope Bay. via RI panel comes out against proposed LNG facility – BostonHerald.com.



River group shows chief exec the door

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

With its financial status uncertain, Connecticut River Joint Commissions members this week voted not to keep its executive director working for the environmental group. If the cash-strapped organization doesn’t soon get firm funding commitments from the states of New Hampshire and Vermont and a reprieve from a New Hampshire foundation that has demanded return of

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State asks federal government to explain Plum Island plans

Jun 3rd, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has asked the federal government to provide more details on its plans to close and move the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and on future uses of the 840-acre island, located in New York waters of Long Island Sound 10 miles from the Connecticut coast. Rell sent a letter Wednesday to

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Take a Breezer: Connecticut Trolley Museum feature functioning electric rail cars

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

Both the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum and the Connecticut Trolley Museum feature functioning electric rail cars that you can touch, climb into and ride. The term “trolley” derives from the wheeled device that runs along a suspended cable, in this case electrified, and which is attached to the vehicle below by a long bar. The

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