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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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Shoreham Solar Commons Benefits Long Island’s Air and Water

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Over the last decade, New York has seen multiple bad energy proposals, from offshore liquefied natural gas facilities, to hydrofracking, to  providing lifelines to dirty coal plants. Members of the public have time and time again said “no” to these polluting, antiquated fossil fuel projects. We need to move our state in a cleaner, more […]

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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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New York Should Invest in its Ocean and Great Lakes

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New York State is currently in the middle of its budget negotiations (read: battle) and Governor Cuomo has put forth his proposal. He has thirty days to make amendments and then the Senate and Assembly will put forth their versions.  After the requisite back-and-forth, a final budget will be approved by the Legislature and signed […]

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Update: New York’s Sewage Right to Know Law

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In 2012 CCE secured you the right to know when raw sewage was released into the waters near you.  We’ve been working the NYS DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) to implement the law and get a system in place to notify you when those overflows occur.  The DEC recently announced that you could sign up […]

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