Warning of threat to children posed by artificial grass

Oct 17th, 2010 | By

Health researchers in the U.S. have discovered that after two to four years or more of wear and tear, some artificial grass can begin to release lead dust.

Hey, Kids! All Aboard the Clean Coal Bus!

Oct 11th, 2010 | By

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, an astroturf front for a group of big coal, railroads and power companies, is on tour with a 42-foot “mobile classroom” bus traveling in coal communities throughout West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana, wending its way through university campuses and community gatherings.

Artificial turf for Cheshire High School field getting another look

Oct 5th, 2010 | By

Efforts to install an artificial playing surface at the Cheshire High School football field may have another chance after the plan had seemed to stall last month when the issue was sent back to a Board of Education subcommittee for further review. After a meeting between the board’s planning committee and a group of residents

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Hamden votes against outdoor wood furnaces (update)

Oct 2nd, 2010 | By

At a town meeting last night the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Selectman for the town of Hamden recommended that there be a town-wide ban on outdoor wood furnaces. P&Z voted 5-2 in favor of the ban.

Land Use and Environmental Law: Law Helps EJ Take Step Forward

Oct 1st, 2010 | By

The Environmental Justice Act can serve as a good example to DEP of ways to make its permitting function more efficient and effective for controversial projects. By requiring an early exchange of information and encouraging involvement of impacted communities to address environmental and health issues before the formal hearing procedures, the process saved substantial time

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Glastonbury Company Faces $61,000 EPA Fine

Oct 1st, 2010 | By

A Glastonbury company faces a fine from EPA for failing to file required chemical inventory reports, in violation of federal right to know laws.   EPA has proposed a $61,000 penalty against Highway Safety Corp., which does business under the name of Connecticut Galvanizing, for failing to file a Toxic Chemical Release Inventory form for

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Hot Summer Meant More Smog Days, but Long-Term Trend is to Cleaner Air

Oct 1st, 2010 | By

As the 2010 summer ozone season comes to an end, EPA today confirmed that New Englanders experienced an increase in the number of poor air quality days this year, compared to 2009.

Smoky Connecticut Truck Pulled Over in New York

Oct 1st, 2010 | By

M&E Transport of Brooklyn, Conn., may be liable for $700 in fines for allowing one of its truck drivers to roll into New York state with an exhaust pipe emitting excessive smoke, according to its “Operation Eco-Quality.”

EPA seeks reduction in mercury discharge from dental offices

Sep 28th, 2010 | By

Startling Statistic: Fillings containing mercury account for 3.7 tons of mercury discharged from dental offices each year.

Connecticut Schools’ Food Landscape Healthier: Yale

Sep 27th, 2010 | By

On average, all Connecticut school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program reduced the availability of unhealthy snack foods during the 2006-2007 school year.

7 sites getting assessed, cleaned up

Sep 23rd, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has announced it has begun assessment and cleanup operations at seven leaking underground storage sites throughout the state with $2 million in reinvestment funds from the U.S. EPA.

Towns turning over a new LEEF with the Lawn Equipment Exchange Fund

Sep 23rd, 2010 | By

Your town or city may be able to buy a new piece of lawn and grounds maintenance equipment and have DEP refund 80 percent of the cost.

Malloy: No more ‘lip service’ to bioscience research

Sep 17th, 2010 | By

FARMINGTON – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy says Connecticut must stop giving “lip service” to bioscience research, and stem cell exploration in particular, to help grow new jobs and the economy. Though he didn’t commit to a specific state investment, Malloy offered a plan to unite state, federal and private-sector dollars to bolster research efforts

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Bridgeport condemns RemGrit site

Sep 13th, 2010 | By

The latest fire at the former Remington Arms factory on Barnum Avenue is out, and city officials are looking for help from the state to ensure that the buildings, which present a public safety hazard, are torn down as soon as possible. The City’s Board of Condemnation voted unanimously Tuesday to condemn the former Remington

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Groundwater will be monitored for a year after fuel leak in Wilton

Sep 13th, 2010 | By

As soon as the leak was detected by the town’s fuel monitoring system, the tank was pulled from the ground and the 700 tons of soil surrounding the tank was exposed and given to Phoenix Soil in Waterbury, where it was incinerated. The town lost a little less than two years of fuel due to

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How schools are dealing with a ban on synthetic pesticide use for some lawns

Sep 13th, 2010 | By

The ban wasn’t initiated by the DEP but by the legislature and groups concerned about the environment and children’s health. A new position was created in the DEP for a staff person to explain the new law to school districts and make sure they’re complying. Organic pesticides that are on the acceptable roster might sound

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Hamden, No. Haven move to ban outdoor furnaces

Sep 13th, 2010 | By

Hamden and North Haven are taking steps to ban outdoor wood-burning furnaces because of their potential impact on public health and the environment. The Hamden Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday and then act on an amendment to the zoning regulations that would ban the furnaces. The meeting will take place

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Stamford resident positive for West Nile

Sep 6th, 2010 | By

Residents from Stamford and Bridgeport are the latest to become infected with the West Nile virus. The State Mosquito Management Program announced Friday that residents of Stamford and Bridgeport have been hospitalized with West Nile virus infections. via Stamford resident positive for West Nile – The Hour – Norwalk’s Newspaper.

Greenwich Time doubts study of economic impact of deer

Sep 4th, 2010 | By

In latest in the ongoing battle in the press between the “Bambi killers” and the “animal rights activists” the Greenwich Time editors write that they are skeptical about the recent study — The ‘Economic Impact of Deer Overpopulation in Fairfield County, CT.

Council To Wait For Cheshire BOE Vote On Turf

Sep 3rd, 2010 | By

Until the Cheshire Board of Education formally votes on a new turf field and bids are received for the project, it appears the Town Council will not accept a state grant which is expected to fund more than 60 percent of the work. Council Chairman Tim Slocum, who stated he is in favor of the

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