Report: Connecticut reducing nitrogen discharges

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An annual report on Connecticut’s environment shows cities and towns are reducing the amount of nitrogen that’s discharged from sewage treatment plants into rivers and Long Island Sound.

Conducted by the Council on Environmental Quality, the recently released report examined data from 2013.

Nitrogen pollution leads to excessive plant growth, which, in hot weather, can lead to a condition called hypoxia. That’s when there is not enough oxygen in the water to support fish and other marine life. Connecticut is currently on track to meet its 2014 target for reducing nitrogen pollution.

The report also found that Connecticut businesses produced more goods and services in 2013 than in 2012, but used slightly less electricity in the process. Electricity production is a major source of air pollution, especially in the summer.

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