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Lawmakers air concerns about Long Island Sound

Sep 26th, 2013 | By
Thimble Island (Headlines file photo: Christopher Zurcher)

Problems such as pesticide contamination, algae blooms and declining lobster populations imperil Long Island Sound, elected officials and environmentalists from New York and Connecticut said Wednesday.

long-island-sound-fishing-boat-cjzurcherOfficials, meeting in Port Jefferson at the second annual Bi-State Long Island Sound Roundtable, discussed strategies for protecting the estuary — a source of jobs and recreation for residents of both states.

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Volunteer Long Island Sound cleanups in at least 26 locations this weekend

Sep 21st, 2013 | By

In 2012, Save the Sound’s Coastal Cleanup program brought together 2,450 volunteers at 57 cleanups over the course of the year. Together they removed 16,310 pounds of trash from nearly 60 miles of Connecticut beaches and riverfronts. Volunteers track the trash they pick up and report the findings to Save the Sound, helping Ocean Conservancy and regional partners like Save the Sound to not only tackle marine debris on the beach, but combat it at the source to protect our oceans and coastline. Data will be collected at all 43 of Save the Sound’s cleanups scheduled for September and October.

New Report Shows State Residents Are Driving Less

Sep 2nd, 2013 | By

Connecticut Residents have cut their per-person driving miles by 3.45 percent since 2005, while the nation’s long term driving boom appears to have ended, according to a new report from the ConnPIRG Education Fund.

“In Connecticut, driving miles are down, just as they are in almost every state – but less,” said Abe Scarr, Director of the ConnPIRG Education Fund. “It’s time for policy makers to recognize that the driving boom is over. We need to reconsider expensive highway expansions and focus on alternatives such as public transportation and biking—which people increasingly use to get around.”

Entergy To Close Vermont Yankee

Aug 27th, 2013 | By

The station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and move to safe shutdown in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Entergy said the decision to close the plant was based on a number of financial factors, including changes to the natural gas market, a high cost structure for this single unit plant and wholesale market design flaws.

Bridgeport, Conn. preps ahead for hurricane season

Aug 26th, 2013 | By

Some hardening of assets has already been done. This major power substation downtown was flooded during Sandy, knocking out power to a wide area. United Illuminating put up a barrier designed to keep the water out next time.

CFE applauds long-awaited conservation opportunity for ‘The Preserve’ (update)

Jul 31st, 2013 | By
This view of the Preserve area is looking south east from Essex (Route 153 in the foreground), toward Saybrook Point and Long Island Sound in the distance. The mouth of the Connecticut River is at the top left, Connecticut Valley Railroad line visible center left, and the Pequot Swamp in The Preserve is at center right. (photo: © R. Lorenz)

After 15-Year Fight, a deal has been reached to purchase the thousand-acre forest in eastern Connecticut for conservation purposes.

“This is a momentous development in protecting Connecticut’s open space,” said Roger Reynolds, legal director and director of land protection programs for CFE. “This agreement finally gives Connecticut the opportunity to conserve one of the last major unprotected coastal wetland and coastal forest complexes between New York City and Boston.”

For more on this important story of land conservation in Connecticut, click on this environmental headline!

New Report Highlights Extent of Coal Plant Water Pollution, OMB Obstruction

Jul 24th, 2013 | By

A new report released by a coalition of environmental and clean water groups highlights the critical need to clean up power plant water pollution.

Based on available water permits, the groups surveyed 386 coal plants across the country and identified 274 coal plants that discharge either coal ash or scrubber wastewater. The report reviewed the extent to which the permits limit – or require monitoring of – the discharge of arsenic, boron, cadmium, lead, mercury, and selenium; the expiration date of the permits; and the health of the receiving stream.

Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Clean Water Action, Earthjustice, Environmental Integrity Project, the Sierra Club and Waterkeeper Alliance.

Rally for climate control held at state capitol

Jul 20th, 2013 | By
Screenshot of the rally from WTNH Channel 8's report. Click on it for more from WTNH.

Environmental activists from around the state joined with the state’s two U.S. Senators today to say action on controlling carbon emissions, as stated by President Obama three weeks ago, must be addressed.

“This is not in doubt,” said senator Chris Murphy. “These weather trends and these storms are caused by increased levels of carbon pollutants.”

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CT DEEP has finalized the state’s Connecticut Climate Preparedness Plan

Jul 15th, 2013 | By
More frequent extreme precipitation events coupled with coastal storm surge, like this one that hit Groton in Spring of 2010, was one of the climate change impacts that were considered during the Groton Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project workshops held in 2010. (photo: John DeCastro, CT DOT)

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has finalized the state’s Connecticut Climate Preparedness Plan. The plan – required by Public Act No. 08-98 – An Act Concerning Connecticut Global Warming Solutions – evaluates the projected impacts of climate change on Connecticut agriculture, infrastructure, natural resources and public health and recommends strategies to lessen those impacts.

The strategies outlined in the Climate Preparedness Plan center around five basic themes. Click on this headline for more from CT Environmental Headlines.

DEEP and DOT Announce Details of Major Electric Vehicle Charging Initiative

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

Speaking at an Electric Vehicle (EV) Expo at Middlesex Community College, DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty and Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker said the goal of the new program is to more than double the 81 publicly available charging stations in the state to 200 by the end of 2013. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from the DEEP.

Storm surge — the hurricane season’s least understood threat

Jul 6th, 2013 | By

It was exactly the 2013 hurricane forecast no one wanted to hear: An active to extremely active Atlantic season, according to the National Hurricane Center. Specifically – a 70 percent chance of 13 to 20 named storms including seven to 11 hurricanes, three to six of which could be major.

“I’m hoping they’re just wrong,” said Brian Thompson, director of the Office of Long Island Sound Programs at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “But I’m not going count on that.”

Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Jan Ellen Spiegel of The CT Mirror.

Four Arrested Protesting UBS Funding of Mountaintop Removal Coal Extraction

Jun 28th, 2013 | By

Activists associated with Capitalism vs. the Climate and Hands Off Appalachia participated in a solidarity action at UBS wealth management services in Stamford, Connecticut. The non-violent protest was in opposition to UBS’ funding of the harmful extractive process known as mountaintop removal.

Four of the activists, April Scheller of Middletown, Carmen Cordero of Hartford, Nick Katkevich of Voluntown, and Vittorio (Vic) Lancia of Portland, were arrested by the Stamford Police Department for Criminal Trespass and Breach of Peace when UBS executives would not meet with them to discuss the request. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

President Obama to Unveil Plan to Tackle Climate Change

Jun 25th, 2013 | By
Damage from Hurricane Irene as seen by the CT National Guard.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record droughts and wildfires in many states, President Obama has announced he will unveil a climate action plan on Tuesday designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions. Environment Connecticut applauded the announcement.

“Connecticut is already paying a price as global warming fuels more damaging storms and dangerous heat waves,” said Chris Phelps, with Environment Connecticut. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this news story.

Seal soaks up the sun and crowds in West Haven

Jun 20th, 2013 | By
A harbor seal on West Haven beach, June 19, 2013. (photo: cjzurcher)

Sunbathers were scattered across city beaches Wednesday afternoon, but one in particular created quite a commotion that required police attention and got the attention of local and state wildlife officials.

The 150-pound, one-year-old harbor seal beached himself at the water’s edge to take a rest and bask in the warm air. The seal was on the beach by Dawson Avenue and later resurfaced on Lake Street.

How Grassroots Advocates Beat the Biotech and Food Lobbies in Connecticut

Jun 5th, 2013 | By

Tara Cook-Littman of GMO Free CT, who worked for the past two years as a volunteer, tells Food Safety News that for a long time efforts to pass labeling bills went nowhere.

But things started to change two years ago once advocates formally organized themselves. While at first she and others “were dismissed as a bunch of crazy moms and environmentalists,” things started to pick up last year “when advocates were able to show themselves to be a serious movement with political power.” Click on this Environmental Headline to read more from Food Safety News.

Pedal power meets solar power in New Haven

May 29th, 2013 | By

When he is not riding around powered on yogurt and eggs, or rice and beans as the case may be, Bobcat Carruthers is devising ways to use the sun to assist him in his daily living, which include riding his bike to and from his home in Bethany.

The popularity of electric bicycles is on an incline. Just flick the switch on the natural wood grained dashboard of Bobcat Carruthers’ electric bicycle and the volt meter instantly indicates how much power is left in the batteries that are attached to a piece of plywood on the back of the bike.

Demonstrators Drop Banner Against Governor’s Energy Plan, Call Instead for 100% Renewable Energy

May 24th, 2013 | By

On Wednesday, members of Capitalism vs. the Climate unfurled a banner from the bridge connecting the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building. The banner said: “We Will Not Let You Dam Our Rivers, Frack our Land, Sell Our Air.”

The banner referred to Gov. Malloy’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy, which demonstrators say expands Connecticut’s reliance on “false solutions.” Click on this Headline for more from CapitalismvsClimate.

Waiting for the next storm

May 18th, 2013 | By

Last November, Connecticut was lucky. Sandy pummeled New York and New Jersey, while largely sparing this state.

Connecticut may not be so lucky next time. In the first of a three-part series examining vulnerable areas on Connecticut’s coast, CT Mirror visits New Haven’s Morris Cove. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Nina Satija.

Connecticut, New Jersey Settle Clean Air Lawsuit With Owners of Coal-Burning Generating Plant

May 16th, 2013 | By

The owners of a Pennsylvania power plant have agreed to stop burning coal in two generating units and to provide $1 million towards environmental mitigation in Connecticut and New Jersey as part of a clean air settlement announced today by Connecticut Atty. General George Jepsen and CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel C. Esty.

Dominion Breaks Ground At Largest Fuel Cell Power Project In North America (update)

May 8th, 2013 | By

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch joined officials from Dominion and FuelCell Energy to break ground at the largest fuel cell power project in North America.

Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell, which is being built downtown alongside Interstate 95 and the Northeast rail corridor, will produce 14.9 megawatts of clean energy. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.