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February 19, 2019

Blue Earth Compost Aims To Fill Gap In Waste Disposal Infrastructure

by Shawn R. Beals | Feb 19, 2019 4:59am
Posted to: Economic Development | Energy | Environment | Social Enterprises

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HARTFORD, CT — Entrepreneurs at Blue Earth Compost have begun a crowdfunding and marketing campaign they say can put the company in a position to reduce food waste burdening the state’s aging trash infrastructure.

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February 18, 2019

Commercial Fishermen Express Interest In Two Bills

by Jack Kramer | Feb 18, 2019 4:26pm
Posted to: Agriculture | Business | Environment | Sports

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HARTFORD, CT — Two bills that could have a big impact on Connecticut’s multi-million dollar commercial fishing business were the subject of an Environment Committee public hearing Friday.

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February 15, 2019

Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Bill to Ban Artificial Turf Playing Fields

by Jack Kramer | Feb 15, 2019 5:05pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Education | Environment | Town News | Public Health | Sports

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HARTFORD, CT — A bill that would prohibit the state and its municipalities from purchasing and using artificial turf on playing fields was the subject of a public hearing Friday before the Environment Committee.

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February 13, 2019

Lower Farmington River Could Gain Federal Protection

by Peter Urban | Feb 13, 2019 10:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Environment | Public Health | Avon | Bloomfield | Burlington | Canton | East Granby | Farmington | Granby | Hartland | Simsbury | Windsor

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WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to designate portions of three New England rivers as “wild and scenic” — including two in Connecticut.

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January 24, 2019

CT Delegation United on Campaign Reforms, Guns and Off-Shore Drilling

by Peter Urban | Jan 24, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Campaign Finance | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Election Policy | Environment | Federal Budget | Immigration | Public Health | Public Safety | Veterans Affairs

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As they begin to put their names to legislation this Congressional session, Connecticut lawmakers are united on a handful of high-priority issues including gun control, campaign reforms and off-shore drilling.

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January 17, 2019

Call To Ban Certain Plastics Grows Louder

by Jack Kramer | Jan 17, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Business | Environment | State Capitol | Hamden

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HARTFORD, CT — Trying to capitalize on the growing momentum against single-use plastic bags across Connecticut, proponents have submitted two bills to the General Assembly this week: one that would ban them, and another that would require retailers charge a fee for each bag.

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January 8, 2019

Big Y To Ban Plastic Bags in Stores by 2020

by Jack Kramer | Jan 8, 2019 6:51pm
Posted to: Business | Environment

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Supermarket chain Big Y, which has 30 stores across Connecticut, will phase out single-use plastic bags in its stores by 2020.

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January 7, 2019

OP-ED | Tired Of Waiting? Demand That Lawmakers Take Action On Plastic Bags

by Terry Cowgill | Jan 7, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Environment | Opinion

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When the 2019 legislative session opens this week at the Capitol, Gov. Ned Lamont and the General Assembly will have their work cut out for them, with a list of critical agenda items a mile long.

Among them: straightening out the state’s finances; proclaiming, both in word and deed, that Connecticut is “open for business”; how to implement highway tolls (we know they’re coming in some form); whether to allow sports betting; whether to legalize recreational marijuana; acting on paid family and medical leave legislation; and weighing the need for stricter gun control measures.

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January 4, 2019

Towns Take Lead Pushing Plastic-Bag Ban

by Jack Kramer | Jan 4, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Business | Environment | Branford | Greenwich | Guilford | New Haven | North Branford | Stamford | Westport

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Fueled by environmentalists and frustrated by state inaction, a growing number of Connecticut communities are taking or considering action on their own to ban single-use plastic bags at grocery stores to help protect the environment.

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January 2, 2019

Lamont Administration Begins To Take Shape

by Christine Stuart | Jan 2, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Energy | Environment | Law Enforcement | Public Safety | State Capitol | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — Governor-elect Ned Lamont stayed busy during the holidays last week filling out a number of key administrative appointments as he heads toward his Jan. 9 inauguration.

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