State, municipalities seek common ground on stormwater rules

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says it will change its proposal to cut pollution from stormwater runoff to help reduce the financial burden on municipalities.

Hearst Connecticut Media reports that it’s unclear what the changes will be and how much they’ll reduce a predicted $100 million price tag for Connecticut municipalities.

DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain said the state still wants to cut the number of pollutants that end up in municipal stormwater systems and find their way into lakes, rivers and streams. But the state wants to respond to criticism from local officials who say some of the pollution-cutting tactics are too costly.

The original DEEP proposal was a response to pressure from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which is pushing states to cut pollution from stormwater runoff.

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Information from: Greenwich Time, http://www.greenwichtime.com

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