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Legislators Send Letter to DEEP Regarding Draft Notice for Zero Carbon Energy

Posted on July 20, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD – Led by State Representative Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford), lawmakers from all over Southeastern Connecticut joined together last week in an opinion-editorial to urge the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to amend its draft RFP (Request for Proposals) that essentially excludes Millstone from participating in a competitive auction for zero carbon electricity until 2023. The legislators reminded DEEP of their responsibility to comply with a law passed last year which requires that Millstone be allowed to compete in a competitive auction for carbon-free resources.

This week, legislators from across the state have joined Rep. McCarty’s effort, with the help of Senator Paul Formica, and sent a letter directly to DEEP Commissioner Klee. In the letter, 46 Representatives and 9 Senators in a bipartisan manner informed DEEP of the adverse economic and environmental ramifications of a premature closing of Millstone.

“While we are pleased that DEEP recently issued a draft RFP, we were shocked and dismayed to discover DEEP is ignoring the legislative intent of the law,” the legislators wrote. “Unfortunately, in the draft RFP, DEEP usurped legislative authority by defining a new term, “at risk time period” to 2023, which would significantly delay the time frame of potential contracts for certain resources. This language is inappropriate and unfair.

“Millstone Power Station – the source of 50% of the state’s power, 90% of its carbon-free electricity and 1500 jobs – is the only resource participating in the comprehensive “At Risk” determination process and thus is the only resource potentially impacted. What’s more,” they continue, “DEEP waited until it knew that Millstone was the only resource seeking “At Risk” treatment before it defined the new term. This language in the draft RFP is unacceptable and MUST be removed before the Final RFP is issued on July 31, 2018. If Millstone is determined to be an existing resource confirmed At Risk, the risk is NOW and it should not be forced to wait until 2023 to be treated as such.”

DEEP has confirmed the receipt of this letter and states that they “appreciate” the legislators’ input and “will take [their] comments into consideration.”

View a copy of the letter here.

Signatories include:

Candelora, V.
de la Cruz
Klarides, T.


Tips on Keeping Your Family (and Pets) Cool!

Posted on June 29, 2018 by admin


Some extreme heat is expected to arrive in Connecticut this weekend, and I’d like to remind you to please look after yourselves and your loved ones – particularly infants, the elderly and pets – in the hot weather.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health gives some great tips on protecting your health and keeping cool while temperatures are extremely high:

  1. Drink Plenty of Fluids

Even if you’re not very active, you will need to drink more fluids than normal and avoid hot and heavy meals. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol, or a lot of sugar—these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

During heavy exercise in the heat, drink two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour. If you exercise with your pet, always carry extra water (ideally with ice cubes) to keep them from getting dehydrated as well.

  1. Replace Salt and Minerals in Your Body

Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body. A sports drink can replace these important minerals. If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports drink or taking salt tablets.

  1. Wear the Right Clothing and Sunscreen

Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wear as little as you can when at home. Sunburn not only causes pain and damages the skin, it also affects your body’s ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels) 30 minutes before going out. Reapply it according to the package directions.

Also, be especially careful with pets who have white-colored ears as they are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets as they typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible.

  1. Go Outside When it’s Coolest

Try to limit your outdoor activity – and your pets’ activity – to the morning and evening and pace yourself. Try to rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to cool off.

Stay indoors if possible, ideally in an air-conditioned place. Using your stove and oven less helps to keep your home cooler. Taking cool showers and using electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illnesses. Fans don’t cool off pets as effectively as they do people, either. Pets respond differently to heat than humans – dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet.

If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall or public library – even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call the Glastonbury Health Department at (860) 652-7534 or the Manchester Health Department at 860-647-3173 to see if there are any local heat-relief shelters open.

  1. Use a Buddy System

When working in the heat, watch the condition of your co-workers and have someone do the same for you. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. If you are 65 years of age or older, have a friend or relative call to check on you twice a day during a heat wave. If you know someone in this age group, check on them at least twice a day.

  1. Check The Car Before Locking It

Finally, though it may seem like common sense, it is critically important to never leave a child or pet in a hot car. Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. Anyone left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, or even death.

Click here for information from The Humane Society on what to do if you see a pet trapped in a hot car.

My dog, Truman, loves shopping in air-conditioned stores!

Further tips on keeping your pet safe from heatstroke include:

  • Keeping track of their temperature (a dog’s temperature should not rise above 104 degrees).
  • Providing shade under trees or with tarps that allow for air flow (a doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse).
  • Making pet-friendly popsicles.
  • Soaking them in a bath or using a cooling body wrap, vest or mat.

Rep. Tweedie Achieves Second 100% Voting Record

Posted on June 29, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD Rep. Mark Tweedie (R-13) has achieved his second one-hundred-percent voting record during the 2018 Legislative Session.

This year, Rep. Tweedie cast a vote on all 317 pieces of legislation that came before the House of Representatives. According to statistics compiled by the House Clerk’s Office, perfect attendance is a very difficult thing to achieve, with only about 20% of legislators able to do so in any given year.

“Like many other legislators in the House, I balance my Legislative career with my full-time job and time with my family,” said Rep. Tweedie. “It’s definitely a challenge, but I take my job as your state representative very seriously. It is my priority to represent you to the best of my ability in every vote, so I am extremely proud and honored to have achieved this 100% record. Thank you so much for your support and input on the major issues impacting our district over the past four years.”

Rep. Tweedie is a Republican lawmaker who represents the 13th district in the General Assembly. He serves on the Legislature’s Environment, Energy & Technology and Higher Education & Employment Advancement Committees. He also served as a Co-Chair of the Opioid Abuse Prevention Working Group.

Rep. Tweedie Meets with Constituents in Glastonbury and Manchester

Posted on June 12, 2018 by admin


HARTFORDState Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13) recently held two town-hall style meetings in his district to update constituents on what’s happening up at the Capitol. He discussed the recently concluded 2018 Legislative Session, the state budget adjustments that were adopted in May, and answered questions from attendees. Issues touched upon in particular included transportation and education funding.

Rep. Tweedie also provided information on the 2018 Major Acts – the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly in its 2018 regular session, according to the Office of Legislative Research (OLR) and Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA). He also provided his contact information and urged constituents to reach out to him any time with questions or concerns related to state government.

Smith Middle School, Glastonbury.

Highland Park Elementary School, Manchester.


Rep. Tweedie Speaks at Touchpoints Veterans’ Care Program Opening

Posted on June 12, 2018 by admin


MANCHESTER – On Friday a new veterans care program officially opened at Touchpoints, a skilled nursing facility, in Manchester. State Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13) spoke at the opening, which included an American Flag retirement ceremony, and recited the Navy Creed.

According to spokesman Dave Skoczulek, as a part of iCare, Touchpoints on Bidwell Street was awarded a Veterans Affairs contract for short- and long-term care of veterans who use their service-connected benefits. The 20-bed program in Manchester is the only one of its kind in the region, and provides post traumatic stress treatment, supportive clinical programming and veterans’ benefits coordination, among other services.