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New Dredged Material Management Plan for LIS Is a Betrayal of Public Trust

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In 2005, the Governors of New York and Connecticut signed a bi-state agreement to end the antiquated practice of disposing untreated dredged materials in Long Island Sound.  This was done with an understanding that a healthy Sound is critical to the health of our economy and our maritime culture.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]

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Cuomo Brings Great Hope for NY’s Environment in 2016

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While 2016 is less than a week old, Governor Cuomo has given us good reason to be optimistic about the year ahead. As part of Governor Cuomo’s 2016 agenda, he recently proposed some critical initiatives to bolster New York’s environmental legacy… Increase the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million: No matter who you are or where […]

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Connecticut Legislature Approves Ban on Plastic Microbeads in Personal Care Products, Pesticides on Town Playgrounds

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The 2015 Connecticut Legislative Session has officially come to a close, and CCE members in Connecticut are celebrating two important, last-minute victories for clean water and a healthy environment. The first is a bill that phases out and ultimately prohibits the sale of personal care products that contain plastic microbeads.  These are tiny plastic particles that […]

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How to Avoid Plastic Microbeads: Ban Them!

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Ever since I heard about Dr. Sherri Mason’s research on plastic microbeads in the Great Lakes, I’ve become very concerned, some say obsessed, with the issue of microbeads. The fixation began in my own house, where I found toothpastes, facial scrubs, and hand soaps with microbeads. My wife and I threw them all away, and […]

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CT Legislative Update and Perspectives on Environmental Advocacy in the New Year

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Connecticut has historically been a nationwide leader on environmental protection and public health issues, and activists in Hartford are working to make this another important year for our state.  The 2015 Connecticut legislative session has been underway for just over a month and state legislators have already raised a over a dozen important pro-environment bills to […]

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A Game Changer for Drug-Free Waters

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Americans are using more pharmaceutical drugs than ever before.  About half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug each month, and 10% take more than four.   In 2013, more than 3.9 billion prescriptions were filled at pharmacies in the United States.   Americans may be prescribed a whole lot of drugs, but we certainly don’t use them […]

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Pesticide-Free Sports Fields are Working for Connecticut’s Youth

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There is no debate among the scientific community; pesticides pose an unacceptable and disproportionate risk to children’s health. That’s why it made sense for the State of Connecticut to prohibit lawn care pesticides from being used on school playing fields in 2005, to protect Connecticut’s smallest children where they learn and play.  Since then, awareness around […]

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