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Connecticut’s vanishing shoreline: Towns trying to beat the odds

Shoreline resiliency against sea level rise and flooding in Connecticut is largely in the hands of local governments. But with money tight and local budgets reliant on the taxes shoreline properties generate, efforts to protect coastal communities from climate change have been slow and underfunded. Some communities, however, are making more progress than others. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut’s vanishing shoreline: One storm away from disaster

Connecticut is fortunate it hasn’t been hit by a tropical-style storm since the successive storms of Irene and Sandy in 2011 and 2012 swamped the coastline, illuminating its vulnerabilities to the effects of climate change. That’s because there’s a general consensus that if either of those storms were to hit now, they would be just as damaging.
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Opponents of Plum Island sale making gains

Washington – A coalition of environmental groups that oppose the federal government’s plan to sell Plum Island to the highest bidder are making progress on several fronts. The federal government has agreed to conduct a new environmental impact study of the proposed sale on the island’s diverse flora and fauna, while several bills that would block the sale are under consideration in Congress. Continue Reading →

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CT senators demand DHS explain ban on Plum Island visitors

WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s senators, joined by one from New York, are demanding Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen explain why her agency has shut down visitor access to Plum Island, a spit of land in the Long Island Sound that for years has been shrouded in mystery. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut joins the offshore wind rush

Connecticut joined the offshore wind energy world Wednesday, awarding its first project to Deepwater Wind for a 200-megawatt installation off the coast. It comes with economic development enticements for New London and its port — and the potential for some 1,400 jobs. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut on front line of key fights with Pruitt’s EPA

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected Connecticut’s petition to force a power plant in York County, Pa. to cut down on smog pollutants that the state claims heavily contribute to its unhealthy air. But the state hopes to have other wins, and is at the forefront of the resistance to the agency’s proposed rollback of protections on air and water.

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After near derailment, energy bill heads to governor as fence-mending begins

Updated at 6:25 p.m.
After a near-death experience, energy legislation that will fundamentally change how renewable energy is valued financially in Connecticut passed the state House early Wednesday morning and is now headed to the governor for his expected signature. The legislature also completed action on an environmental bill. Continue Reading →

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EPA plan to ease car emission standards would affect CT more than most

The Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to ease auto emissions standards has particular resonance for Connecticut, with the potential to force the state to accept cars that are more polluting than it wants and make its notoriously bad air even worse. Continue Reading →

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Despite dissatisfaction, committee sends energy bill to the floor

The Energy and Technology Committee Thursday voted to send major energy legislation to the full legislature for consideration, despite widespread dissatisfaction with the bill as it exists now. The approval came after assurances from committee leadership that the bill would be revised further before it’s debated on the floor. Continue Reading →

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Energy bill heads for committee showdown, uncertain future

With the Energy and Technology Committee’s approval deadline for bills this session on Thursday, committee leaders, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the governor’s office and environmental advocates are racing the clock on one of the most consequential energy bills in years. Solar policy could stop them — again. Continue Reading →

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