CT REGIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
James Torgerson honored by LWVCT,  received its Civic Engagement Award, Jan. 27, 2011 - link to event.

CT21 and Southwestern Connecticut:

Contents:

NEWS
Regional Thinktank
Clean Air
Homeland Security
Electrical Power Supply
CT Planning Overview






LINK TO THE INSTITUTE'S WEBSITE AND BLOG


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY HERE







Previously...
Connecticut Regional Institute for the 21st Century has a plan...in the last decade, it addressed  the issue of 345kV power and other major economic matters
Some local news prior to Legislative action in a special session in '02...For a broad view of metropolitan plans click on Regional Plan Association.

SOUTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT IS IN THE NEW YORK CITY TO NEW HAVEN NEXUS:

On the left is the cover for the GALLIS report;  at the right is the 1995 regional plan for land use in Southwestern CT produced by SWRPA - and to Census 2000 data for our region from SWRPA WEBsite.  How do these documents relate to the upcoming CT Siting Council process re:  345kV lines?




Victory In Fight For Clean Air
Hartford Courant editorial, May 2, 2002

There will be plenty of credit to pass around today when Gov. John G. Rowland signs the bill that will clean up the so-called Sooty Six power plants. Mr. Rowland and Environmental Protection Commissioner Arthur Rocque - both of whom opposed cleanup legislation the past few years - deserve a portion of the credit for finally helping this public health measure to become law.

A giant step toward tightening sulfur dioxide emission standards for the six old, soot-belching plants was taken last week when clean-air advocates and their legislative allies reached an agreement with Mr. Rocque and members of the governor's staff.  The House approved the bill 134-15; Tuesday, the Senate concurred on a 35-1 vote. Mr. Rowland is set to sign at a ceremony in Norwalk.

In a nutshell, owners will be given a year longer - until Jan. 1, 2005 - than this year's bill originally allowed to meet the new, tougher emission standard. Proponents won their overriding goal:  an end to emissions credit trading, a practice that allows some heavy-polluting plants to improve "on paper" only by buying credits from cleaner plants. The bill requires cleanup at the source - meaning that people living near the six power plants in Bridgeport, Middletown, Milford, Montville, New Haven and Norwalk will breathe cleaner air. The new standards can be waived for the duration of an electric power crisis, but only if there is a clear connection between the tougher standards and a power shortage.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Hartford COURANT website]





Thursday, February 07, 2002 - 6:29:15 AM MST
1,000 held hostage in Capitol; no gunman found Capitol lockdown punctuates Rowland budget to fight terror
By KEN DIXON  - Dixon.connpost@snet.net
HARTFORD -- Minutes after Gov. John G. Rowland called on the General Assembly to commit $10 million to protect the state from terrorists, the Capitol complex was
locked down when a gunman was reportedly spotted in the Legislative Office Building parking garage.

Nearly seven hours later, shortly before 8 p.m., police declared the complex secure and said no gunman was found.

 More than 1,000 lawmakers, visitors and Capitol staff were literally held hostage Wednesday as State Police tactical squads joined Capitol and Hartford police in searching the garage and adjacent LOB.  A state police helicopter and airplane flew over the building for hours, taking part in the search and police brought in an armored vehicle. The state Supreme Court building across from the Capitol also was closed, as were surrounding streets and the Capitol Avenue exit from Interstate 84.

Veteran lawmakers and Capitol observers called the lockdown unprecedented. And while those cooped up for hours made the most of it, jawboning and lobbying, the
threat's serious overtones could not be ignored.  Police considered the threat real because two people, women making separate reports, told authorities they saw an unidentified man holding a rifle or shotgun on top of the four-level parking garage. Authorities did not identify the women.

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT POST website]




CT SITING COUNCIL
The Connecticut Siting Council is made up of nine members for energy and telecommunications, and ash residue disposal area issues and thirteen members for hazardous waste and low-level radioactive waste issues.

Energy and Telecommunications Membership
Nine members: five appointed by the Governor including the chairperson, one appointed by the Speaker of House, one appointed by the President Pro-tempore of the Senate, the chairperson of the Department of Public Utility Control, and the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection. By statute, at least two Council members appointed by the Governor shall be experienced in the field of ecology and not more than one member shall have an affiliation with any utility, government utility regulatory agency, or facility under the Council's jurisdiction. 




CT Plan 2004-2009 on hold...Legislative Committee to reintroduce it next Session.  Sort of like Blanche Dubois in "Streetcar Named Desire" - streetcars coming back in the 21st century?

The CT State Plan of Conservation and Development 1998-2003 is clear about priorities for development:

For its chapters on H2O quality and supply--and environment and land use policy:
  • WATER QUALITY:  http://www.opm.state.ct.us/pdpd3/physical/c&dplan-rec/WaterQ.htm
  • WATER QUANTITY:  http://www.opm.state.ct.us/pdpd3/physical/c&dplan-rec/WaterSup.htm
  • Air quality... keeping an eye on it...www.hazecam.net