DEP refines North Haven tire pond closure plan

Jan 11th, 2011 | By

NORTH HAVEN — The state Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to stop using soil from a Hamden neighborhood as part of its closure plan for the tire pond. Concerns that contaminated soil would seep into the adjacent Quinnipiac River arose last year when the DEP presented filling and closure plans for the tire pond

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Op-Ed: Why Outdoor Wood Furnaces Should be Banned | Nancy Alderman

Jan 10th, 2011 | By

EHHI has found that homes as far away as 850 feet from outdoor wood furnaces have wood smoke levels inside their homes way above the EPA standards. Read more inside.

OWF Opponents Seek Ban; Maynard ‘taken aback’ by bill; NY says ‘keep ’em clean’

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

A Bill that will ban outdoor wood furnaces will be a Committee Bill before the Environment Committee of the CT State Legislature this session. The Bill will exempt farmers and their farm houses from the proposed ban. Read more inside!

Cross Sound Ferry Receiving $1M for Engine Upgrades

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

The Connecticut DEP announced that Cross Sound Ferry Services is receiving $1 million in federal stimulus funds and EPA grants to reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines on one of its vessels.

New superbug genes sure to spread: Expert

Dec 16th, 2010 | By

A scientist says a loop of genes that give bacteria the power to resist virtually all known antibiotics is spreading quickly and predicts it will likely cause doctors headaches for years to come.

Editorial: Healthy Connecticut, thanks to cigarette taxes

Dec 14th, 2010 | By

Connecticut can take pride in its improved ranking as the fourth healthiest state in the nation, up from No. 7 last year. But the latest edition of America’s Health Rankings also shows there is room for improvement. The rankings are done by the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention using

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New Hartford PZC Passes 6-Month Moratorium on Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces

Dec 9th, 2010 | By

New Hartford’s P&Z Commission unanimously approved a six-month moratorium on new outdoor wood burning furnace permits to give it time to research and discuss how and if OWFs should be regulated.

Don Blankenship, The Dark Lord of Coal Country retires

Dec 9th, 2010 | By

Blankenship grew up poor in the hollows of West Virginia. But as the richest and most powerful coal baron in Appalachia, he has destroyed the region’s mountains, polluted its waters and overseen the worst mining disaster in 40 years.

$750M village seen for Windsor brownfield

Dec 9th, 2010 | By

The town of Windsor is weighing a development proposal to transform a 600-acre industrial brownfield off Day Hill Road into a $750 million village of residences and light commercial, authorities say. via $750M village seen for Windsor brownfield | Hartford Business.

Lake Whitney on list of urban lakes containing pollution from parking lot seal coat

Dec 6th, 2010 | By

A black sealant sprayed on parking lots, driveways and playgrounds turns out to be the largest contributor to the rise of a toxic pollutant in urban lakes and reservoirs across America, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

When science plays with imagination

Dec 6th, 2010 | By

Researchers said a recent discovery that microbes in the mud beneath a California lake can use arsenic rather than phosphorus as one of the building blocks of its DNA could help cut pollution in waterways like Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, by replacing the phosphorus in fertilizers that run off into the lake and create fish-choking algae

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DEP: Notice of Intent to Reissue the General Permit for the Storage and Processing of Scrap Tires for Recycling and Beneficial Use

Dec 5th, 2010 | By

The following public notice has been posted on the CT DEP website and some are wondering whether this is a good idea: General Permit for the Storage and Processing of Scrap Tires for Recycling and Beneficial Use The Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection the “Department”, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 22a-209f hereby

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Community effort helps stem tide of Sasco pollution in Westport

Dec 3rd, 2010 | By

We all have different ideas about what contributes to our quality of life or detracts from it, but we usually can agree that the natural environment, when it’s free from pollution, provides some significant benefits. via Community effort helps stem tide of Sasco pollution – Westport News.

Union of Concerned Scientists urging green shipping for the holidays

Nov 29th, 2010 | By

This holiday season UCS urges consumers to use their consciences to invoke the consciences of others to send a message to shoppers, shippers, and retailers to get more efficient delivery trucks on the roads.

Young scientists starting early

Nov 29th, 2010 | By

Sterling Community School Principal Vince Agostine said science is no longer a subject elementary school teachers try to squeeze in. Instead, it’s becoming a class where curriculum directors, principals and teachers are driving content specifically to bolster more interest. via Young scientists starting early – Norwich, CT – Norwich Bulletin.

New Guidelines from EPA for Selecting Safe School Locations

Nov 23rd, 2010 | By

The EPA has released draft voluntary guidelines to help communities protect the health of students and staff from environmental threats when selecting new locations for schools, which, historically, have been located in areas with the most air pollution — next to major roadways.

EHHI planning pre-legislative session educational lawn pesticide brochure

Nov 11th, 2010 | By

EHHI will produce an educational brochure in time for the 2011 legislative session to help legislators and individuals learn about Connecticut’s (and 41 other states’) lawn-care pre-emption regulation.

DEP set to decide on permit renewal for waste station

Nov 10th, 2010 | By

A requested permit renewal for the solid-waste transfer station on Meadow Street in Norwalk is in the hands of state Department of Environmental Protection after a public hearing at City Hall on Monday night. Although the state DEP earlier made a tentative determination to approve the renewal application submitted by Waste Management of Connecticut, Inc.,

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Research shows outdoor wood furnaces are health hazard

Oct 25th, 2010 | By

EHHI’s new report shows that current regulations for outdoor wood furnaces are not sufficient to protect human health. Wood smoke contains many of the same toxic compounds that are found in cigarette smoke. A house 240 feet from OWF had 12 times the levels of PM 2.5 as the houses not near an outdoor wood furnace and 8 times the levels of the EPA air standards.

Many home improvement products contain same hazardous chemicals banned in toys

Oct 20th, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice points us to a study released by that has found harmful chemicals including lead, phthalates, cadmium, and organotins in a number of home improvement products.