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CT Senate passes bill to stabilize revenues in nuclear industry

Millstone nuclear power station in Waterford

A national campaign by the nuclear industry to stabilize profits in a volatile energy market scored a victory Friday night with the unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation changing the rules for procuring electricity in Connecticut, a state heavily reliant on nuclear power. Continue Reading →

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CT’s maxed-out credit card takes its toll on many projects

Gampel Pavilion at UConn

The General Assembly is expected to vote before it adjourns May 4 on a plan that would cancel more than $1.1 billion in financing earmarked for an enormous array of purposes in both the public and private sectors, including renovating the leaking, flaking dome of UConn's Gampel Pavilion. Continue Reading →

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Could CT see another wave of sprawl?

Residential development near the mouth of the Connecticut River.

The Great Recession slowed sprawl — low-density, auto-centric, poorly planned development — to a crawl. But now the downturn has grudgingly turned around, and development is ramping up. Does this mean the state’s remaining undeveloped areas will be hit with another wave of sprawl? Continue Reading →

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Track the 2016-17 budget as it unfolds

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivers his budget address to the opening session of the 2016 legislature.

As the state budget process unfolds for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, this tool is designed to help you track how specific programs, places and issues fare in each proposal – and in the final budget. With Gov. Dannel P. Malloy preparing to issue a second budget plan this week, here's what 's already on the table. Continue Reading →

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Recycling food waste in Connecticut: Slow as molasses

A rendering of the Quantum Biopower anaerobic digester proposed for Southington.

Five years after legislative initiatives designed to do something about the large amount of food waste in Connecticut's trash, very little has been implemented, and the food waste problem is getting bigger. A lot bigger. Continue Reading →

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Most CT schools don’t test water for lead, but that could change

Drinking at a water fountain.

WASHINGTON – Most of Connecticut’s more than 1,000 schools and child care centers don’t have to test their water for lead under federal or state laws. But the tragedy in Flint, Mich., has spawned a number of proposals to better combat lead contamination in schools and elsewhere. Continue Reading →

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Nuclear power’s regulatory campaign comes to Connecticut

Evan Bayh, the co-chair of an advocacy group funded by the nuclear power industry, makes a pitch for the importance of nuclear power. A spectator demurs.

Evan Bayh, the former governor of a coal-burning, nuclear-free state, arrived in Hartford as the smiling face of the nuclear power industry Thursday, making a soft sell for Connecticut to consider ways to keep its Millstone station economically viable. Continue Reading →

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Nuclear power’s future in Connecticut is on the table

Millstone nuclear power station in Waterford

The economic viability of the Millstone nuclear station in Waterford, the largest power plant in New England and a crucial factor in Connecticut’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, is about to become a major issue in Hartford. Continue Reading →

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Public water, private profits: A fight over MDC’s tap water

Dam at the MDC's Barkhamsted Reservoir.

Niagara Bottling's plan to buy and bottle lightly treated tap water in Bloomfield is high octane fuel for a debate at the Connecticut General Assembly and the Hartford region’s water authority about the ethics and environmental impact of what is projected this year to become the most popular packaged beverage in the United States – the ubiquitous, single-serve, plastic bottle of water. Continue Reading →

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A shifting ground for artificial turf in Connecticut

Justin Lewis celebrates on his high school soccer field in Stratford.

A number of cancer cases around the country among young athletes who played on artificial turf fields made with a crumb rubber filler have spurred calls for further research into the safety of the fields. Continue Reading →

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CT fighting move to give Long Island Sound waters to New York, Rhode Island

The image from the DEEP's site explaining its striped bass fishing program.

WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s lawmakers and state officials are trying to derail a bill would take about 150 square miles of Long Island Sound waters from federal government control and give that authority to New York and Rhode Island, a move that could hurt the state's fishermen. Continue Reading →

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