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Advocates cite need to protect Sound | New Haven Register, staff reports

Jun 28th, 2010 | By

BRANFORD — Long Island Sound generates more than $5.5 million in revenue each year through the tourism, recreation and fishing industries, but pollution — including beach closings resulting from outmoded sewage treatment facilities — threatens that, environmental advocates said recently at a waterfront press conference. via Advocates cite need to protect Sound – The New

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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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Memo to the Next Governor of Connecticut: Ensure a Cleaner, Lower Cost Energy Future by Maximizing Investments in Energy Efficiency

Jun 22nd, 2010 | By

Memo to the Next Governor of Connecticut: Ensure a Cleaner, Lower Cost Energy Future by Maximizing Investments in Energy Efficiency, from Jessie Stratton, Director of Government Relations, Environment Northeast. Connecticut’s high energy costs hurt our economy by making our businesses less competitive and by reducing the amount of money residents have to spend on other

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What’s Linda McMahon’s energy policy?

Jun 17th, 2010 | By

That’s what state Democrats are asking. Party spokeswoman Kate Hansen issued a press release this morning that cites McMahon’s earlier support of off-shore drilling and questioned whether her stance has changed in the wake of the Gulf disaster. “As the Deepwater Horizon spill continues to gush with no end in sight, Linda McMahon remains a

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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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Statewide ‘E-Waste’ Recycling Program For Consumer Electronic Devices Is Planned By DEP; Could Start By Fall

Jun 16th, 2010 | By

A new statewide “e-waste” recycling system for obsolete electronic equipment – computers, monitors, printers, televisions and other devices – could be set up for state residents as early as this fall, state officials said Saturday. Do you live in a state with e-waste laws? You can check out a map of which states have what

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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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Blumenthal to Obama: Give Gulf drilling disaster committee subpoena power

Jun 16th, 2010 | By

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is calling on Obama to grant subpoena power to the committee investigating the drilling disaster. “I know from my personal experience in conducting major investigations that the granting of subpoena power is critical to uncovering the truth, especially when big corporations resist it,” Blumenthal said via press release today. via

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Home heating oil dealers praise biodiesel (update)

Jun 14th, 2010 | By

The president Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association, a trade group of 565 gas station owners and heating oil dealers, said Monday that the group is looking forward to Connecticut’s mandate for biodiesel/heating oil blends. via home heating oil dealers praise biodiesel – Courant.com. See also:  Connecticut takes lead in fight to burn cleaner home heating oil

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Congress considers historic park for Coltsville

Jun 13th, 2010 | By

HARTFORD, Conn. — Three members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are pushing for legislation to designate Hartford’s Coltsville Historic District as a National Historical Park. via Congress considers historic park for Coltsville – Courant.com.



Can Senate get climate change bill done?

Jun 12th, 2010 | By

Washington (CNN) — A key Republican senator, instrumental in climate change negotiations in the Senate, has indicated that getting a bill passed this year with bipartisan support is a priority. But with a sharply divided Senate and other issues such as financial reform and jobs likely to take up the rest of this year’s agenda,

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Senate Rejects Republican Effort to Thwart Carbon Limits

Jun 11th, 2010 | By

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday defeated a Republican-led effort to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from curbing greenhouse gases as lawmakers road-tested arguments for a future fight over climate change legislation. via Senate Rejects Republican Effort to Thwart Carbon Limits – NYTimes.com.



U.S. Senate Rejects Big Oil Bailout

Jun 11th, 2010 | By

Environment Connecticut Urges Passage of Clean Energy & Climate Bill West Hartford, CT— As the damage escalates from the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Environment Connecticut applauded Senators Dodd and Lieberman today for voting against legislation that would have blocked new rules requiring cars and light trucks to use less oil.  A

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American Farmland Trust on the Failure of the Murkowski Amendment

Jun 11th, 2010 | By

Washington, D.C. — Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT) said:    “The failure of the Murkowski Amendment to pass in the Senate today makes clear that efforts to delay Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation of green house gasses (GHG) under the Clean Air Act, through similar legislation or lawsuits are not likely to

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Governor Rell signs permitting reform bill

Jun 9th, 2010 | By

A dispatch from Governor Rell’s office reads: Governor M. Jodi Rell hassigned into law a bill she proposed that will reform the state’s permitting process and expedite job creation by breaking through bureaucratic backlogs without undermining environmental protections. House Bill 5208, An Act Concerning Expedited Permitting for Economic Development, resulted from a task force Governor

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Lamont wants to restore Conn. cities to their heyday

Jun 9th, 2010 | By

“Connecticut was at its greatest when our cities were some of the most prosperous cities in the country,” Lamont said. Yet, he said, he feels the state’s cities and suburbs shouldn’t have to compete with one another, and, if given a “level playing field,” cities can again provide plenty of opportunities for growth.



Rell signs green technology education bill

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has signed legislation that requires the state’s public colleges, universities, community-technical colleges and vocational-technical high schools to coordinate their development of a “green technology” curriculum. “In recent years, we have made great strides at Connecticut’s colleges and universities – changing not only the physical look of our schools but changing what’s

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DEP: Governor Rell Commends Open Space Advocates

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

As part of the nationwide celebration of National Trails Day, which was Saturday, June 5, Gov. M. Jodi Rell commended 13 individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways — linear open space in Connecticut. Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette joined Connecticut Greenways

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Energy bill was welfare fantasy

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

Perhaps worst of all, the legislation would have turned Connecticut's electricity system into a welfare agency, requiring electricity suppliers to offer discounted rates to low-income customers, the cost being recovered through higher rates for everyone else, as if electricity buyers have some special obligation to the poor and as if welfare costs also should be

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