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Matt Peak endorsed by Sierra Club

Sep 27th, 2010 | By

Matt Peak, Republican Candidate for State Representative, has been endorsed by the Sierra Club for his candidacy for the 12th House District.



Stark differences between McMahon, Blumenthal on energy, environment

Sep 27th, 2010 | By

The differences between Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Richard Blumenthal over environmental policy are striking. Blumenthal’s efforts as Connecticut’s attorney general on behalf of environmental causes, including joining bipartisan fights to block controversial energy projects for Long Island Sound, recently earned him the Sierra Club’s endorsement. McMahon, on the other hand, is uncertain about the

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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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CT LCV Endorses 28 in Races for General Assembly Seats

Sep 17th, 2010 | By

The bipartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has named its second round of endorsed candidates for election to the Connecticut General Assembly in the Nov. 2 elections.



Bethel is done negotiating over proposed water tank

Sep 13th, 2010 | By

Lee Hoffman, an attorney representing Bethel in the appeal, said the tank was included in a five-year water supply plan that was approved two years ago by the state Department of Public Utility and the state health department. At the time, Hoffman said, Danbury officials received a copy of the report and didn’t file any

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President Obama is right to back lawsuit of carbon emissions

Sep 7th, 2010 | By

Mr. Obama deserves some criticism for his handling of climate legislation. But his administration’s decision on this case, Connecticut v. American Electric Power, is more than defensible. via President Obama is right to back lawsuit of carbon emissions | Washington Post. Under the provocative title “Mr. Obama vs. the Greens,” the Post today offered an

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Why Hartford Hates the ‘Gold Coast’ of Fairfield County by Jim Cameron

Sep 6th, 2010 | By

Jim Cameron writes: I was watching CT-N the other night (my favorite reality TV channel) as the members of the CPTC (Citizens Public Transportation Commission) were meeting for an incredibly boring discussion the state’s transit woes.  But toward the end of the meeting, my ears perked up as one of the 80+ year old members

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Pillsbury Seeks 1% Against DeLauro

Sep 3rd, 2010 | By

The Green Party message is still anti-war. Cutting military spending by 70 percent is number one on the “Green New Deal.” That’s the 10-point policy platform that Greens are adopting nationwide. Such deep military spending cuts would save $500 billion, Pillsbury said. “You could buy a bank with that,” quipped Hamden Green Jeffry Larson.



Blumenthal appeals to environmentalists and other lovers of Long Island Sound

Sep 1st, 2010 | By

U.S. Senatorial Richard Blumenthal has released an ad in which he promises to hold big oil accountable if elected to the Senate, just as he fought Shell Oil and TransCanada Energy, who proposed building “Broadwater,” a huge liquefied natural gas storage facility in the middle of Long Island Sound, that Blumenthal opposed.



Environmental Groups Sue EPA On Cape Cod Pollution

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

The Conservation Law Foundation and the Coalition for Buzzards Bay say excess nitrogen from septic systems, stormwater runoff and wastewater treatment can cause algae blooms that choke off oxygen that marine life needs. EPA spokeswoman Paula Ballentine says the agency is committed to reducing nitrogen levels. via Environmental Groups Sue EPA On Cape Cod Pollution

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Sierra Club Endorses Richard Blumenthal for the U.S. Senate

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club, in conjunction with the national Sierra Club, announces its endorsement of candidate Richard Blumenthal for election as U.S. senator from Connecticut.



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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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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In case you forgot: Grades slip for state lawmakers

Aug 25th, 2010 | By

The bipartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) has released its annual Environmental Scorecard for 2010 and Weston legislators have, for the most part, made the grade — barely. Overall, however, state legislators let their environmental grades slip in the 2010 legislative session. via Environmental Scorecard: Grades slip for state lawmakers | Weston Forum.



U.S. says Chemtura to pay $26M over toxic sites

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

Middlebury, Connecticut-based Chemtura Corp, a producer of specialty chemicals, will pay $26 million to clean up 17 contaminated sites located in 14 U.S. states, under an agreement announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The settlement also requires Chemtura to perform further cleanup at the Laurel Park Inc Superfund site in Naugatuck, Connecticut, as provided in an existing consent decree.



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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State suspends Redding energy broker’s license – Connecticut Post

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By

REDDING — The state has short-circuited the career of local energy broker Raymond Sanzone by temporarily suspending his license to work as a middleman in the state’s energy markets. via State suspends Redding energy broker’s license – Connecticut Post.



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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