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New farmland harvest – solar energy – creating political sparks

Two well-intentioned environmental polices – one encouraging more renewable power and the other the preservation of farms and forestland – are colliding. They are pitting farmer against farmer and environmental interest groups against one another, putting state departments at odds, and raising the always explosive issue of private property rights versus state policy. Continue Reading →

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Movement to complete state’s trails gaining momentum

For more than two decades, most of the new multi-use trails built in the state were almost entirely the work of local volunteers. In the past five years, however, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his transportation commissioner, James Redeker, have turned that narrative on its head. The state is now including non-motorized trails in its planning efforts and making major investments in them. Continue Reading →

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CT works on a new energy strategy as old one misses the mark

The three-year update to Connecticut’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy, underway now, faces dramatically changed energy, environmental and political landscapes that raise questions about whether the first strategy, with its focus on natural gas, may have partially wasted the last three years. Continue Reading →

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Q&A: EPA’s McCarthy hopes Trump won’t unravel her work

WASHINGTON — On Gina McCarthy’s watch, the Environmental Protection Agency toughened the clean water and clean air regulations and finalized regulations for the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce emissions from power plants to combat climate change. She recently gave The Connecticut Mirror a wide ranging interview and spoke, in her distinct Boston accent, of her hopes that her legacy will survive, Continue Reading →

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Koch brothers, others seek to quash tax break that aids CT fuel cell industry

Connecticut’s fuel cell industry, one of the most robust in the nation, is up against a powerful coalition that includes the Koch brothers and other conservative interest groups who want to end an important tax break for the industry. Continue Reading →

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Katie Dykes, state’s energy policy strategist, to join PURA

Katie Dykes, a key voice on energy policy as a deputy commissioner at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, was nominated Thursday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to serve as a commissioner of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. Continue Reading →

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Auditors: State employed spills-response supervisor who couldn’t do the job

State environmental protection officials employed for 15 months a hazardous spills-response supervisor who was “incapable of performing the duties” — wasting resources and potentially threatening public safety — State Auditors John C. Geragosian and Robert M. Ward reported Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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Above the waves, Connecticut fishermen struggle to hang on

Shifting fish species have Connecticut fishermen in an emotional dispute over how the U.S. fishing system operates. They’re calling, if not downright begging, for immediate changes to fish allocations to save the state’s fishing industry from what many believe is its inevitable ruin. But others in the scientific and environmental communities are saying – maybe not so fast. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut’s traditional fishing catch is heading north

Climate change-induced shifts of marine species in the Northeast are forcing changes in fishing patterns for Connecticut fishermen, threatening to upend fishing management systems and generating political controversy and finger-pointing as policies struggle to keep up with the pace of fish movement, and the Connecticut fishing community struggles to hang on. Continue Reading →

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Malloy, Cuomo face off over dumping in Long Island Sound

WASHINGTON – New York officials say a plan to dump dredged material in eastern Long Island Sound is potentially harmful to the ecology and tourism, but Connecticut supporters say it’s key to the state’s economic development and to keeping Naval Submarine Base New London off a base closure list. Continue Reading →

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Old State House will lose historical memorabilia — for now

Connecticut’s Old State House in Hartford, recently closed to the public because of budget cuts, will soon lose the paintings, antiques and other historic memorabilia it has housed for years — for the same reason. Continue Reading →

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26 CT agencies say no more layoffs — for now

The leaders of 26 Executive Branch agencies have informed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office of significant cuts they will be making to meet major savings targets in the new state budget. They also have said that no state employees need to be laid off beyond those already announced. Continue Reading →

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Lawmakers challenge DEEP to make do with much less

Legislators pressed state environmental officials Monday to partner with municipalities, civic groups and corporate sponsors to preserve recreation, conservation and protection programs. But the officials responded that they already do that and closures are likely to worsen before things get better. Continue Reading →

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