The Bridgeport Harbor Station in southwest Connecticut, which is less than a mile from six schools and a university,1 is the last remaining coal plant in the state. And as of last week, the plant’s operating permit has expired, giving us a great opportunity to shut this half-century old polluter down once and for all.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is currently reviewing the permit, which if renewed, would result in another five years of toxic air pollution being dumped into Bridgeport and surrounding communities.
The first decision DEEP will make is whether or not to hold a public hearing on the permit. The agency is currently accepting hearing requests — but only until Monday. Holding a public hearing on such an important decision should be a no brainer, but DEEP isn’t likely to schedule one unless Connecticut residents demand it.
Tell the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection: Connecticut residents deserve a say in the Bridgeport coal plant’s future.
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