Connecticut’s environmental agency announced it has reached a settlement with a power plant in Bridgeport for more than $600,000 in penalties related to air pollution.
Bridgeport Energy operates two turbines that generate electricity from natural gas. About two years ago the Department of Environmental Protection learned the facility wasn’t properly monitoring air emissions and was under-reporting carbon monoxide pollution. Carbon monoxide creates local air quality problems and is considered toxic.
The company paid $345,000 in fees because of excess emissions. And then spent nearly one million dollars purchasing and installing new pollution reducing equipment. The D.E.P. negotiated another $298,000 in civil penalties for not properly monitoring and reporting emissions. Since the settlement was signed with the D.E.P. the Bridgeport facility has been sold to the New York-based LS Power, which, declined to be interviewed for this story.
For WNPR, I'm Nancy Cohen.