Pollution

DEEP: Settlement reached with Covanta Projects of Wallingford – update

Jul 18th, 2011 | By

The Connecticut Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Friday announced a settlement with Covanta Projects of Wallingford, L.P, over air emissions violations at Unit 2 of its trash-to-energy plant. Under terms of the settlement filed today in Hartford Superior Court, the company will be assessed $400,000 in

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Conn. tries new cleanups at dirty industrial sites

Jul 16th, 2011 | By

A brownfield is a property that has been polluted, typically by manufacturing or industrial use decades ago, and is considered for redevelopment for a new use. Connecticut’s new law, designed to promote economic development, requires property owners to pay into the fund 5 percent of the land’s value. The recently enacted state budget also includes

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Reactions to the EPA’s cross-state air pollution rule

Jul 8th, 2011 | By

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized Clean Air Act protections that will slash hundreds of thousands of tons of smokestack emissions that travel long distances through the air and threaten the health of hundreds of millions of Americans living downwind. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will protect communities that are home to 240

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Conn. getting nearly $8M for lead paint cleanup

Jan 17th, 2011 | By

Federal officials say three Connecticut cities will soon share nearly $8 million to help clean up lead paint hazards in older homes. via Conn. getting nearly $8M for lead paint cleanup The Republican-American.



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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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.



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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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.



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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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.



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.”



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.



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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