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New Haven Register Editorial: DEEP must do a better job protecting water from pollutants — and fining companies that illegally dump

New Haven Register Editorial: DEEP must do a better job protecting water from pollutants — and fining companies that illegally dump

Connecticut residents sure have a lot to be worried about these days.

Budget deficits, unequal education funding, an opioid crisis, a state in continued economic decline and possible new taxes and fees on the way, are just a few of the challenges ahead.

Now comes word that businesses are exceeding the quantity of toxins they are allowed to dump into our waters.

Nearly 30 companies — half of the 60 that can legally discharge wastewater into Connecticut’s rivers and other bodies of water — exceeded the amounts of toxic metals or other pollutants their permits allowed over the last three years, according to an analysis by Connecticut Health I-Team (C-Hit).

Data show 23 of the 60 companies were in noncompliance with the terms of their permits for at least half of the three years and 13 companies were found in significant noncompliance — the most serious level of violation — for three months or more.

The reasons ranged from excessive discharges to submitting late discharge reports.

And for the most part, they are getting away with it. Continue reading.