Towns Ask Arriving Summer Residents to Voluntarily Self-Quarantine for Two Weeks

Some local governments in southeastern Connecticut are asking their seasonal residents who returned early this year to self-quarantine for 14 days if they’re coming from areas that have had high numbers of COVID19 cases — especially New York City.  This follows a Tuesday recommendation from President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force that anyone leaving the New York City area — which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States — self-isolate for 14 days. “We don’t want to overreact and spread fear when we see a New York license plate,” said East Lyme First Selectman Mark

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With No Easy Alternative, Advocates Call for Equity in Managing State’s Waste

For the last 26 years, hundreds of diesel trucks and a steady stream of smoke have greeted the residents – and commuters – in south Hartford each day. The trucks — carrying trash from 49 other towns — are headed for the Materials Innovation Recycling Authority (MIRA)’s waste-to-energy plant on Maxim Road near the Wethersfield line. “The community has been fighting MIRA before it existed, fighting it for 26 years,” said Edith Pestana, director of the Environmental Justice Program for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and a resident of Hartford. “We’ve been talking about toxic waste and

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MIRA waste-to-energy deal faces major obstacles

Caught between tipping fees that could reach $140 a ton, and Hartford’s likely refusal to agree to 30 more years of hosting the state’s largest waste incinerator, a deal to avoid trucking a significant portion of Connecticut’s waste out of state appears on the brink of failure. A term sheet signed last week by MIRA’s board of directors and the plant’s would-be operator Sacyr Rooney Recovery Team sketched the outlines of a deal that would leave the 50-member towns paying as much as $140 per ton to dispose of solid waste compared to the current $85.  The term sheet requires

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