Legislation

A note from Margaret Miner of Rivers Alliance about recent environmental legislation

May 10th, 2010 | By

Dear Friends of the Waters of Connecticut, Thanks to the work of many, and especially those of you called or emailed legislators, the General Assembly adjourned without seriously damaging environmental protections. This was a relief and a pleasant surprise given the open hostility expressed toward the DEP and regulation in general. Threats to the in-progress

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Power plant won’t be coming to Trumbull

May 8th, 2010 | By

TRUMBULL — FuelCell Energy will relocate a proposed power plant from the town’s Nichols section, thanks to state legislation approved late Wednesday. The new legislation will allow the Danbury-based company to look for an alternate site without having to start the permitting application process from scratch. via Power plant won’t be coming to Trumbull –

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OP-ED: Raising Electric Rates in Hopes of Lowering Electric Rates in the Future

May 8th, 2010 | By

Early Wednesday morning, the Connecticut legislature passed a sweeping energy bill with the laudable goal of lowering electricity prices in Connecticut. The measures adopted in the bill, however, are much more likely to push prices up than to drive them down.



National Train Day New England, this 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 8

May 7th, 2010 | By

National Train Day New England takes place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sat. May 8, 2010, in the West Waiting Room at New Haven Union Station, at New Haven Union Station, West Waiting Room, 50 Union Avenue New Haven, Connecticut. Rail*Trains*Ecology*Cycling is holding its 3rd Annual National Train Day celebration. The event will kick off

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Conn. Legislature Passes Energy Reform Bill (update with Blumenthal)

May 6th, 2010 | By

HARTFORD, Conn. — The state Legislature passed a wide-ranging energy reform bill that advocates say could lead to lower electric rates but that opponents maintain could ultimately hurt ratepayers. The 129-page bill, considered one of the biggest changes to the state’s electric industry since deregulation 12 years ago, passed on a 20-14 vote. This update includes

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Passage of farms, food jobs bill hailed by Connecticut Farm Bureau

May 6th, 2010 | By

Clears hurdles for some farm-to-consumer sales and helps create jobs Windsor, Connecticut – In the final days of the legislative session, both the Connecticut House and Senate unanimously approved a bill dubbed the “Farms, Food and Jobs Bill,” which helps support many of Connecticut’s family farms. The Connecticut Farm Bureau, which worked hard to assure

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Disaster Dims Hope of Energy Bill Compromise

May 6th, 2010 | By

The oil slick spreading through the Gulf of Mexico will prompt Congress to examine new regulatory, safety and technological requirements that could ultimately slow further off-shore oil drilling, the White House’s top energy official said Tuesday.



Conn. lawmakers fail to take up power plant bill

May 6th, 2010 | By

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut lawmakers ran out of time to pass legislation that addresses power plant safety in the wake of the deadly Feb. 7 Kleen Energy plant explosion in Middletown. Some legislators were still attempting to pass a bill Wednesday, the final day of the session. The bill would have required state agencies to

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Widlitz Paint Law Awaits Senate Vote

May 5th, 2010 | By

Two weeks ago, a bill that would help towns get rid of old paint cans was unanimously approved by the State House of Representatives. But whether it and new cell tower legislation get approved by a stalled Senate in the last day of the 2010 legislative session is anybody’s guess.



A Forum on Marine Spatial Planning for Long Island Sound, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May 3rd, 2010 | By

Connecticut and New York Sea Grant programs will host a forum on Marine Spatial Planning for Long Island Sound on Wednesday May 5, 2010, at the University of Connecticut Avery Point campus. With increasing uses and conflicts over Long Island Sound, marine spatial planning offers a potential approach to management. Analogous to the land-use planning

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Consumer Advocates, Businesses, Environmental Groups Urge Passage of the Nardello-Fonfara Energy Bill

May 3rd, 2010 | By

The bill will lower electric rates, spur investment in renewable energy, and create jobs News release from Environment Connecticut and the Connecticut Fund for the Environment: Hartford, CT – A coalition of consumer, environmental and business advocates today called on legislators to pass the Nardello-Fonfara Energy bill currently pending before the General Assembly. The bill,

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Deadline looms on Conn. energy bills

May 1st, 2010 | By

As the General Assembly’s 2010 session speeds toward its conclusion Wednesday, two key pieces of energy-related legislation await action. Lawmakers are considering legislation designed to reduce electric rates in the state, which are among the highest in the nation.



Complete Streets Gains Momentum in Albany

Apr 30th, 2010 | By

On Tuesday, the Senate Transportation Committee passed Complete Streets (S5711-a). This legislation amends the highway law, and enables safe access to public roads for all users by utilizing complete street design principles—principles that take into account the needs of bike, pedestrian, public transport, and motorist users alike. Advocates hope the companion Assembly bill (A-8587) will

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Help save Connecticut’s water quality standards NOW

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

An important note to the environmental community in Connecticut from Margaret Miner of Rivers Alliance of Connecticut. Dear All: We need your help to save the Clean Water Act water quality standards proposed by DEP. They are halfway through the adoption process. A large public hearing has been held. The current upgrade of the standards

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Rell budget plan borrows $953M; Proposes Raiding Ratepayer Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funds

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Wednesday proposed borrowing more than $950 million to balance the fiscal 2011 state budget, redirecting millions of existing surcharges paid by electricity ratepayers to back bonds that will help close the state’s operating deficit. The Connecticut Fund for the Environment said that “more than 11,800 direct or indirect jobs” were

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Smart Growth In Canton – Courant.com

Apr 28th, 2010 | By

A decade ago, Canton’s lovely old golf course on Route 44 had just been rezoned for commercial development, and no one was sure what would be developed there. A historic farmstead built by a founder of the town was in the cross-hairs of a big-box development.



Obama Pressed to Lead on Climate Bill by Environmentalists, Dow

Apr 27th, 2010 | By

President Barack Obama vowed to make legislation on climate change one of his top goals. Now, with a compromise bill in danger of falling apart, business leaders and environmentalists are pressing him to deliver.



Thousands Gather on the Mall in Washington for Earth Day

Apr 25th, 2010 | By

Several thousand people gathered Sunday on the National Mall in Washington to observe the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and to urge Congress to pass climate and energy legislation. Major stars were set to perform, including Sting, John Legend, the Roots and Jimmy Cliff, as well as some newer figures like Passion Pit and Joss

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CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive – TRENDING: Graham move imperils Obama agenda

Apr 25th, 2010 | By

In a stunning move that could throw a major roadblock in front of two of President Obama's biggest legislative initiatives, Sen. Lindsey Graham abruptly declared Saturday he's abandoning talks on climate change legislation because he believes Democratic efforts to bring up a separate immigration reform package is undermining the legislative process.



Lieberman to unveil climate bill Monday

Apr 24th, 2010 | By

The Senator says he’s not worried about reports that an immigration bill will derail the environmental legislation he helped craft. “I think these are separate issues on separate legislative tracks,” Lieberman said in a conference call with Connecticut reporters. “One will not adversely effect the other.”