Legislation

New State Law Will Help Grow Jobs on Connecticut Farms

Oct 19th, 2010 | By

Small poultry farmers in Connecticut who are looking to expand their business and grow jobs will now be able to do so thanks to a new law approved by the General Assembly, according to a news release from state Sen. Edith Prague.



White House Reportedly Green-Lights Transportation Bill

Sep 29th, 2010 | By

Transportation advocates looking for a fully funded multi-year transportation bill got a boost last week when USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood told members of the Transportation Equity Network that he had received a green light from the White House to move on the country’s next 6-year transportation bill. According to Transportation for America, USDOT officials now

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CFB seminars to address PA 490 beginning Oct. 12

Sep 28th, 2010 | By

The CFB is holding a series of free seminars statewide to help explain PA 490 and to distribute the Bureau’s latest PA 490 guide to landowners, government officials and anyone interested in how the law is applied.



Dairy farms seeking support

Sep 28th, 2010 | By

Dairy farmers are lamenting a reduction in a state government aid program and are calling for changes in federal milk pricing.



State ready to go with new flow regulations for healthier streams

Sep 27th, 2010 | By

The hot, dry summer isn’t all that’s to blame for the dehydrated condition of some streams that has left them inhospitable to fish and other aquatic life.



CT Gubernatorial Candidates Respond to Transportation Questionnaire

Sep 23rd, 2010 | By

As the race to succeed Governor M. Jodi Rell continues, Connecticut’s residents are beginning to get a better idea of Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Thomas Foley‘s policy platforms. As a way to identify transportation policy positions, Tri-State issued a transportation questionnaire to both campaigns. The answers received could help provide some insight into their

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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.



CT eyes Mass. renewable energy bill

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

Connecticut may get a boost from Massachusetts in meeting the Nutmeg State’s renewable energy goals, as the Massachusetts state Senate is trying again to pass a bill supporters say will streamline the location of wind power facilities in Massachusetts, The Associated Press reports. By 2020, the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control wants 23 percent

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DEP Proposes Final Stream Flow Regulations

Aug 28th, 2010 | By

Revisions to original draft provide more flexible, workable, cost effective system The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released final proposed stream flow regulations that respond to public comment on an initial draft by presenting a more flexible, cost effective and workable system for protecting the state’s rivers and streams. The Connecticut Department of

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States Leading Fight to Solve Global Warming

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

The United States, long considered a laggard in addressing global warming, is poised to achieve substantial reductions in global warming pollution thanks to clean energy policies adopted over the past decade by state governments, according to a new report by the Environment America Research & Policy Center. “While there’s no doubt that Congress must pass

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House Introduces Far-Reaching Reauthorization for LIS

Aug 14th, 2010 | By

Audubon Connecticut reports that Connecticut and New York lawmakers in the House of Representatives joined together to introduce H.R. 5876 the Long Island Sound Improvement Act. This bill, the House companion to S. 3119 passed earlier this summer by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, seeks to expand and strengthen efforts to improve water

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Cap and Trade an Issue in 5th District Primary

Aug 12th, 2010 | By

Justin Bernier and Sam Caligiuri, two of the candidates in next Tuesday’s Republican primary in the 5fth Congressional District, wrestled this week over state legislation that is aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions, as they differed on whether the state bill, which Mr. Caligiuri supported, would raise costs for consumers. via Cap and Trade an

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Legislators slip in tough budget year: CTLCV 2010 Environmental Scorecard

Aug 5th, 2010 | By

Hartford, CT (August 5, 2010) – The scores are in.  And state legislators let their environmental grades slip in the 2010 legislative session, according to the 2010 Annual Environmental Scorecard released today by the bipartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV).  Citizens who want a sense of how their state legislators performed on environmental issues this

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Long Island Delegation Unites To Restore Long Island Sound

Aug 5th, 2010 | By

Washington – In partnership with the bipartisan Long Island delegation in the House of Representatives, Congressman Tim Bishop has introduced new legislation to protect and restore Long Island Sound. The Long Island Sound Improvement Act (H.R. 5876) provides regulatory tools for states and municipalities to protect waters throughout the Sound's watershed and authorizes funding to

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DECD: $2.25 Million for High-Priority Brownfield Sites across State

Aug 4th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced six brownfield sites throughout the state selected for the second round of funding through Connecticut’s Municipal Brownfield Pilot Program, which Gov. Rell expanded through legislation she proposed in 2007. Six sites will receive a total of $2.25 million in state funding to assist in returning formerly abandoned, contaminated or otherwise

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New legislation requires biodiesel in home heating fuel

Jul 30th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s signature of Senate Bill 382 on May 26 enacted several regulations, while setting the table for more sweeping reform over biodiesel and home heating fuel. Those reforms open the door for more biodiesel to be used in traditional oil heaters – seamlessly. Bantam Fuel president Peter Aziz attested to the impact

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Farmland Trust President Says: Senate’s Failure to Act Misses Opportunity to Help Environment and Farmers

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

Washington, D.C.—“In dropping the negotiations on clean energy and climate change, the Senate has missed an opportunity to take proactive steps to benefit the environment and U.S. farmers,” President of American Farmland Trust (AFT) Jon Scholl said in a news release. “The House worked hard to negotiate a viable approach to clean energy and climate legislation that

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Stripped down energy bill leaves out ‘cap and trade’

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

Senate majority leader Harry Reid on Tuesday unveiled a vastly narrower energy bill, minus controversial climate provisions that would have capped carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. The bill focuses instead on addressing the Gulf oil spill, home efficiency, land and water conservation, and natural gas powered vehicles. via Stripped down energy bill leaves

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Some Utilities Disappointed in Scaled-Back U.S. Energy Plan

Jul 25th, 2010 | By

Senate Democrats’ decision to scale back energy legislation disappointed environmentalists, some utilities and the Obama administration, which took office promising to steer the U.S. economy away from fossil fuels. Conversely, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to drop a cap-and-trade plan, in which companies would buy and sell pollution rights, was “welcome news” for companies

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EPA employees blow the whistle on flawed climate bills

Jul 25th, 2010 | By

Agency Specialists Say Greenhouse Gas Offsets Unenforceable and Demand Probe Washington, DC — The major bills before Congress to regulate greenhouse gases to combat global climate change suffer from “multiple unfixable flaws” that undermine their effectiveness, according to a detailed congressional disclosure by two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees, posted today by Public Employees

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