As MIRA Closure Draws Near, Hartford Seeks Alternatives For Its Trash

The city of Hartford is looking for a new company to handle its trash and recycling. The search comes as a major trash plant that takes in around one-quarter of the state’s garbage is slated to close. The Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) says it will close its trash-to-energy plant next year, citing financial…

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In Hearing, Environmental Groups, GE And EPA Battle Over Planned PCB Dump

Opponents of a waste dump containing PCB sediment planned for Lee, Massachusetts, took their case before the federal Environmental Appeals Board on Thursday. The Housatonic River Initiative and the Housatonic Environmental Action League are appealing a permit the EPA’s New England office issued for cleanup of sections of the Housatonic River. The river was polluted…

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Hartford, Conn., Continues To Battle Contaminated Recycling

The problem of garbage-filled recycling bins continues to foul up efforts to boost recycling levels in Connecticut’s capital city. Public records show Hartford is recycling more material since Connecticut Public reported on a major drop-off in recycling loads earlier this year, but the city still burned about 75 percent of its curbside recyclables from May to…

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When It Rains, It Poops: The MDC’s Efforts To Keep Sewage Out Of Conn. Waterways

The Connecticut River after Tropical Storm Elsa looked like a chocolate milkshake. And the reason is pretty gross: rainwater runoff and raw sewage. This dirty water makes its way into rivers because of century-old infrastructure called “combined sewer systems,” which merge stormwater and household water into one big pipe. And when it rains a lot,…

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