Environmental Justice

Pennsylvania coal plants face big changes under planned EPA pollution-control rules

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

Pennsylvanians would benefit the most, said the EPA’s Sam Napolitano, director of the Clean Air Markets Division. That is because of a high population base and potentially large emission reductions here and upwind.

City to have ‘less pollution’ with new power plant conditions

Aug 27th, 2010 | By

In order to construct three natural gas-powered turbines and a 130-foot exhaust stack in the East Shore, PSEG has agreed to some conditions imposed by the city. The company has agreed to spend $500,000 towards efforts to reduce particulate matter, not from its own smoke stacks, but by retrofitting garbage trucks that will spend 5,800

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CCEJ to sign up participants for Clean Energy Options

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice is signing up Hartford residents to take part in Clean Energy Options, a voluntary program to support clean energy. Through Clean Energy Options, participants purchase clean energy from one of two providers by paying a small charge on their regular CL&P monthly utility bill. The charge is based on the

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Airport Shuttle Buses Fined for Idling at Bradley and Logan

Jul 19th, 2010 | By

Pending court approval, several companies affiliated with National Car Rental will pay a fine of $475,000 for repeated violations of motor vehicle idling regulations at Hartford, Connecticut’s Bradley International in Windsor Locks and Logan International in Boston. On numerous occasions in 2006 and 2007, EPA investigators observed the shuttle buses that carry passengers from the

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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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Summer Environmental Education Program at Keney Park in Hartford through Aug. 13

Jun 24th, 2010 | By

Connecticut DEP, others partner for summer program for Hartford youth The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has joined the Hartford Health & Human Services Department and Friends of Keney Park to kick off Connecticut DEP’s Environmental Justice 2010 summer program for approximately 30 Hartford youth ages 12-17. The summer program, from June 21 through

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JOB: Environmental Health Coordinator, Hartford CT | Clean Water Action

Jun 16th, 2010 | By

Clean Water Fund and Clean Water Action will be hiring a full-time campaign and coalition coordinator to help lead a team of organizers and advocates seeking to create fundamental change in government policies on toxic chemicals. This staff person will coordinate the Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Connecticut, a growing alliance of citizens, health

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Connecticut’s environment under attack | Environment Connecticut

Jun 16th, 2010 | By

Bringing polluters back within the law’s reach In 1969, the abuse of America’s waterways hit a new low. Ohio’s Cuyahoga River—already infamous for the black oil that floated along its surface, the trash that lined its banks, and the complete absence of animal life within its waters—caught fire. The incident, along with a Time magazine

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I pledge allegiance to the people of the shores damaged by BP’s oil: Obama

Jun 16th, 2010 | By

The Boston Globe reports that “President Obama vowed last night to make BP pay for the damage its oil disaster has wrought on the Gulf Coast’s people and environment, using a national address to assure an angry public that the victims will be compensated and the ravaged area restored.” Well, that’s good that. I’m sure

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Accountability for the BP-Gulf of Mexico Disaster from The White House

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

Note: For more information on federal response resources, volunteer opportunities, and assistance for those in affected areas visit WhiteHouse.gov/Deepwater-BP-Oil-Spill. Today, President Obama met with former Senator Bob Graham and former EPA Administrator Bill Reilly who will serve as co-chairs of the bi-partisan BP Oil Spill Commission.  Senator Graham served two terms as Governor of Florida and

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100+ Groups Sign on to No Drilling Letter to U.S. Senate, legislation being introduced today to expand offshore oil drilling

May 12th, 2010 | By

Joining 109 other environmental groups, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has signed on to a letter submitted last week to the United States Senate. That kind of critical mass can’t go ignored. At the same time, two U.S. senators will introduce climate-change legislation today that gives coastal states a share of revenue from expanded

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Monsanto’s Seed Patents May Trump Antitrust Claims

May 11th, 2010 | By

Monsanto Co., facing antitrust probes into its genetically modified seeds, may benefit from previous court rulings in which intellectual property rights trumped competition concerns, antitrust lawyers say.

EPA Awards Bridgeport, Conn. $75K to Support Asthma Reduction, Water Quality Improvements and a Recycling Initiative

Apr 28th, 2010 | By

EPA is awarding a total of $75,000 in grants to the City of Bridgeport to support asthma reduction efforts, water quality improvements in Long Island Sound and a paper recycling program at two local schools. The funds are part of EPA’s commitment toward environmental justice (EJ) efforts for the City, one of 10 communities selected

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Sierra Club Of Connecticut Joins Opposition To New Britain Busway Proposal

Apr 24th, 2010 | By

HARTFORD — — With the New Britain busway proposal perhaps just a month away from landing a $220 million federal grant, a prominent environmental group on Thursday joined opponents who want to scuttle the plan.

Sierra Club Of Connecticut Joins Opposition To New Britain Busway Proposal

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By

HARTFORD — With the New Britain busway proposal perhaps just a month away from landing a $220 million federal grant, a prominent environmental group on Thursday joined opponents who want to scuttle the plan.

Yale Meeting Begins on Climate Change and Environmental Justice

Apr 9th, 2010 | By

A three-day environmental conference began Thursday tomorrow at Yale’s Divinity School. It’s designed to bring together activists and scholars working on environmental justice issues —- and those working on climate change.

New Haven advocates collecting signatures online for cleaner air

Apr 4th, 2010 | By

We, the undersigned organizations and New Haven residents, are deeply concerned about the adverse health effects of air pollution. Recently, many of us took part in the negotiation with PSEG (as mandated by the 2008 Environmental Justice Law) to keep the three peak power units proposed for Harbor Station from adding to our pollution burden.

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Some recent environmental news from the Yale Office of Public Affairs

Apr 3rd, 2010 | By

Eliminating Waste of All Kinds Is Theme of Yale Sustainability Summit It’s going to be a green April on campus — and not just thanks to the springtime weather. Students, staff and faculty will have the chance to embrace all things green during the Yale Sustainability Summit, April 5-9. Conference Aims To Build Ties Between

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DEP: Connecticut DEP and U.S. EPA-New England Announce Great Park Pursuit and Earth Day 40 Programs for 2010

Mar 13th, 2010 | By

Return of Great Park Pursuit for 5th Consecutive Year Environmental programming at State Capitol on April 22 The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Amey Marrella and U.S. EPA-New England Administrator Curt Spalding today announced the opening of registration for the Great Park Pursuit and plans for Connecticut’s celebration of the 40th Earth Day.

Environmental Dislocations | Yale Divinity School

Mar 8th, 2010 | By

Environmental (Dis)Locations — a conference with religious imagination exploring environmental justice and climate change — April 8-10, 2010 at Yale University. The conference is free and open to the public.  You may purchase a Saturday lunch ticket for $10 separately.  Please see the instructions on the registration form.