Pollution

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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CEQ’s Environmental Report Has Good, Bad News For Area

Apr 30th, 2010 | By

Connecticut’s air quality is dramatically improving, there are more piping plovers and bald eagles in our skies, and last year the state preserved about 1,300 acres of farmland. In submitting the report to Governor Rell, Council Chair Barbara C. Wagner also wrote, “While our first priority is the condition of the air, water, land and

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Scott Deshefy: Wall Street turns absence into new source of profit

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

Even the agricultural commodities firm, Cargill, has become one of the top developers of carbon projects, a distressing irony at best. The largest sources of greenhouse gases, not to mention water pollution, are animal wastes from the meat industry, agricultural pollutants and felled trees.



EPA Awards Bridgeport, Conn. $75K to Support Asthma Reduction, Water Quality Improvements and a Recycling Initiative

Apr 28th, 2010 | By

EPA is awarding a total of $75,000 in grants to the City of Bridgeport to support asthma reduction efforts, water quality improvements in Long Island Sound and a paper recycling program at two local schools. The funds are part of EPA’s commitment toward environmental justice (EJ) efforts for the City, one of 10 communities selected

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Wide Range of Activities at Capitol to Mark 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

Apr 20th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has announced that a full slate of activities is planned at the State Capitol on April 22 to mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. “On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans showed their support for the environment on the first Earth Day,” Governor Rell said. “This April 22, on the

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Earth Day Rain Barrel Raffle at the Peabody Museum in New Haven

Apr 20th, 2010 | By

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Ave, New Haven Save the Sound and the Sound School will hold a raffle for 100 50-gallon rain barrels, donated by the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Authority. Information on using rain barrels, rain gardens, and green buffers will be provided

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Cleaner Air, More Jobs in Connecticut (video)

Apr 16th, 2010 | By

Small business owners join Environment Committee co-chairs in push for less sulfur, more biofuels in home-heating oil A bill that would reduce the amount of harmful sulfur in home-heating oil and replace it with cleaner-burning biofuels while growing state jobs received support today from small business owners and Environment Committee Co-Chairs Sen. Ed Meyer (D-Guilford)

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2009 Beach Cleanup Numbers from Save the Sound

Apr 13th, 2010 | By

Save the Sound launched the Ocean Conservancy’s 24th Annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) with 36 beach and inland waterway cleanups during ICC weekend, Sept. 19–20, 2009. Today, the Ocean Conservancy released the results of the 2009 cleanup in a report, Trash Travels: From Our Hands to the Sea, Around the Globe, and Through Time.



DEP to allow Yale to more than double its daily wastewater discharge at times

Apr 13th, 2010 | By

According to a notice from the DEP, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection has given notice of a tentative determination to modify a permit based on an application submitted by YALE UNIVERSITY (“the applicant”) under section 22a-430 of the Connecticut General Statutes for a permit to discharge into the waters of the state.



EPA Launches Web forum on how best to protect American waters

Mar 19th, 2010 | By

Nearly 40 years ago, Congress passed a truly remarkable piece of legislation—the Clean Water Act. This document outlined sweeping commitments to restore and maintain the integrity of our nation’s waters, rid them of pollution, and make them safe for humans and wildlife alike. Recent posts include: Welcome to Coming Together for Clean Water Topic 1:

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The Third Annual Smart Growth Conference, Today, 2 to 8 p.m., 950 Main St., Hartford

Mar 18th, 2010 | By

Below is a summary of the 14 workshops currently scheduled for the two afternoon break out sessions for our upcoming Smart Growth Conference on March 18.  You will have your choice of attending one workshop during each session.  There may be some unforeseen changes and/or adjustments to the workshops over the next ten days but

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Idling bill idle for another year?

Mar 18th, 2010 | By

Someone sent an e-mail to the environmental community yesterday stating that Bill 5124, An Act Limiting the Idling of Motor Vehicles, never made it out of the Environment Committee. This sounded like very bad news to me, who believes that air quality is one of the most important issues facing us, along with water quality

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Dodd, Lieberman, Gillibrand and Schumer Introduce Legislation to Protect Long Island Sound

Mar 18th, 2010 | By

Without Passage of Legislation, Long Island Sound Stands to Lose Millions in Federal Dollars Long Island Sound Contributes $5.5 Billion A Year to Local Economy from Sport and Commercial Fishing, Boating, Recreation and Tourism U.S. Senators Chris Dodd, Joe Lieberman, Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Charles E.

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Volunteers needed for Great Meadows Marsh tours

Mar 17th, 2010 | By

Volunteer tour guides are needed to assist Stratford public school fourth grade teachers and students with a hands-on experience learning how the Great Meadows Marsh and Long Island Sound interact. The program teaches young people about wetlands, the waters of the Sound and the dangers of pollution. via Volunteers needed for Great Meadows Marsh tours

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Report: Small groups and individuals invaluable to coastal habitat restoration | Restore America’s Estuaries

Mar 16th, 2010 | By

How important are individuals and small groups to the environmental movement and the coastal habitat restoration community in particular? A new report from Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) says they are invaluable. “Hope for Coastal Habitats: People, Partnerships, and Projects Making a Difference” profiles people, organizations, and projects across the country, in a wide variety of

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Storm washes out shell fishing – GreenwichTime

Mar 16th, 2010 | By

The weekend’s storm took a toll on the state’s fishermen as water pollution from sewage-treatment plant overflows and general runoff closed all shellfish beds in Connecticut. via Storm washes out shell fishing – GreenwichTime.



EHHI Testimony On An Act Adding Wood Smoke to the Public Health Nuisance Code and Concerning Outdoor Wood-burning Furnaces

Mar 9th, 2010 | By

From the testimony of David R. Brown, ScD, Public Health Toxicologist, EHHI: “Two of the most hazardous components of wood smoke – particulate matter measuring 2.5, and smaller, and particulate matter 05 were significantly elevated inside homes near outdoor wood furnaces. High levels were present in  every 24 hour period  tested in every home.” via

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Settlement Resolves Chlorine Spills by Connecticut Power Plant

Mar 5th, 2010 | By

The owner and operator of a coal-fired power plant in Montville, Conn., AES Thames, LLC, will pay a penalty of $140,000 to resolve alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act and other environmental laws, arising from releases of chlorine from the plant to the Thames River in 2006, according to the Region 1 office

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Broad Coalition Rallies for Action on Green Jobs, Saving Energy Funds

Mar 4th, 2010 | By

A broad coalition of environmental advocates and clean energy businesses united with legislative leaders yesterday to call for policies that will get Connecticut residents back to work in good, green jobs. While some of those policies would require some financial investment, others would require no financial expense at all. In many cases, the no-cost policies

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Glastonbury Has New Ordinance To Prevent Water Pollution – Courant.com

Mar 1st, 2010 | By

GLASTONBURY – Those people who dump used motor oil down the storm drain or companies who send waste into the town’s drainage system — beware. The town has a new ordinance that will have the engineering department on the lookout for — and taking action against — those illegally discharging pollution into the storm drainage

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