Jewett City, a community of 2.5 square miles in southeastern Connecticut, has its own power company, owned by the town. There are seven non-profit companies like this in the state. They're small, which means they can coordinate closely with other branches of government. Heck, they can coordinate with branches on trees.
CL&P said they’d have power back on by Sunday night - but none of us - including Governor Malloy - were surprised when that didn’t happen. Now, Malloy is one of many state officials launching an investigation into the power company’s response. He’s hired former FEMA director James Lee Witt to oversee the investigation, which is due December 1.
The Courant’s Chris Keating still doesnt have power in Simsbury and we want to hear from you. How’s it looking in your town? We’ll have an update with Keating on power outages, lawsuits, investigations.
The freak October storm that hit the state this weekend caused more power outages than Hurricane Irene. And, for people in many parts of the state, it could be at least a week until they get their power back. Transmission lines are out to the Northwest corner of the state - where many towns are 100 percent out. Many state schools are closed - power is out to businesses, and hundreds of roads are either closed or barely passable because of downed trees and lines.
The federal EPA is under attack. From Republican lawmakers and some businesses who say their regulations choke off commerce...and from some environmentalists who think they haven’t been forceful enough in safeguarding our air, water and land.
Our recent program looked at several bills, passed in the House, that would weaken the EPA’s regulatory authority. Some Midwest states are challenging new rules going into effect in January that would force them to reduce harmful emissions that float downwind into our airspace.
Partnerships are common at zoos and aquariums for breeding programs but what does it take to transfer animals across the country safely? Especially if the animal you're talking about is a 2100 pound beluga whale?
Kristine Magao, Supervisor of Belugas, at Mystic Aquarium spoke with WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil about the recent journey of Naluark, a male beluga whale who came to Mystic from Chicago's John G Shedd Aquarium.
The EPA has been criticized for being both “regulators gone wild” and “regulators gone missing.”
The Environmental Protection Agency has been the target of legislation passed in recent weeks by the Republican-led House. The bills aim to gut existing regulations - while forcing the agency to examine the economic impact of the work it does. This movement the heart of a new book by Richard Trzupek about how many Republicans think the EPA kills jobs.
Our recent conversation with Robert Egger, the social enterprise pioneer, got us thinking more about the role of non-profits in the state. In fact, he thinks Connecticut has a leg up in the way it thinks about the non-profit sector, having appointed Deb Heinrich, a former state lawmaker, to the job as “liason” earlier this year. We sat down earlier this week with Heinrich to talk about “social enterprise” and the scope of her work for Governor Malloy.
Vermont is a big tourist destination for people in Connecticut who enjoy the outdoors. As the foliage season begins Vermont’s Office of Tourism says most of the state has recovered from Tropical Storm Irene and is "open for business". WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.
Connecticut’s Technical High School System is building energy-efficient buildings that will serve as laboratories for students to learn about green technology. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the first one opened this week
About three weeks after Irene hit people in some areas of Vermont have been living without phone service, impassable roads and a scarred landscape. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports some Vermont residents are worn out physically and emotionally.
The Rock River in South Newfane flows through the back yard of Maureen Albert-Piascik. She says when Irene hit the river started to crest and she evacuated.
"it just went up so fast. The river was just so high the next thing I knew my house was surrounded by water."
The impact of Tropical Storm Irene is still being felt in some locations, including state parks. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports Hammonasset Beach State Park sustained a lot of damage.
The preliminary estimate for the cost of repairing damage at all of the state parks is about $10 million. $7 million of that is just at Hammonasset where some of the dunes were blown away and old cedar trees at the campground took a hit. Environmental Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette says the storm surge did the most damage at West Beach.
The U-S Environmental Protection Agency has decided to meet with biologists from the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts to discuss the clean up plan for the Housatonic River. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the meetings will delay the release of EPA’s clean-up proposal.
Heavy rains today have brought some flooding in urban areas across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports in a few places the sewage system has been affected.
In Connecticut the ground is saturated and there’s still a lot of debris left over from Tropical Storm Irene, clogging up storm drains. That means there aren’t a lot of places for storm water to go. Dennis Greci with Connecticut’s environmental agency says in some cases flooded streets have drained into the sewage system and overflowed.
It's been a little more than a week since Tropical Storm Irene blew through Connecticut causing widespread damage and power outages. On Thursday, FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open across the state to respond to homeowners and businesses affected by the storm.
WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Scott Divico of the State Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. He says it's important for residents and business owners to register first with FEMA. The number is 1-800-621-3362 or www.disasterassistance.gov
So. Bought your generator yet? During the long power outage, everybody, it seemed, became a preparedness expert, if not an out and out survivalist. But it's a mentality you might find hard to hold on to. You have to buy food you're NOT going to eat right away.
In Connecticut losing power has been a big problem post Irene. In Vermont people have had a hard time getting around. About 65 roads are closed there and dozens of bridges are out . WNPR’s Nancy Cohen took a road trip in the southern part of the state and found some people are still stuck at home.
On route 112 in Halifax a stretch of road is missing. The asphalt has caved into the North River. A guard rail is under water. But despite the conditions Brianna Inman is heading northwest to Whitingham
Many expected Tropical Storm Irene to heavily damage Connecticut's coast, but the central part of the state also saw damage after rivers and streams flooded there. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports from Bristol where some residents had to be evacuated from their homes.
The Forestville neighborhood saw extensive flooding, it sits right above the Pequabuck River on the east side of Bristol.
Although some people may have found Irene’s punch to be weaker than they had expected, others say it was more than enough. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports on evacuations on the Westfield River in western Massachusetts.
About midday, officials in Chester heard of a possible breach at a dam upstream of town That was enough to evacuate about 50 people there who lived close to the Westfield River. Further downstream, in Huntington and in Westfield more were evacuated.