UI will pay to clean contaminated eyesore in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Finally, a legal agreement has been made and progress can begin at the blighted English Station site in New Haven.

“No more finger pointing,” said Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen. “No more disagreeing over pollutants. Just a commitment to do cleanup.”

Seen prominently from the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, English Station has long been an eyesore for the Fair Haven neighborhood. United Illuminating closed the old power station in 1992, and it has sat dormant for nearly 25 years.

UI no longer owns the site, but they agreed to clean up the PCBs and other pollutants that contaminate the site with the surrounding land.

“This is an incredibly important step forward to restoring English Station to productive use and getting it generating tax revenue back on the tax rolls,” Jepsen said.

English Station sits atop an island in the Mill River that runs through New Haven. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will oversee the cleanup, which is estimated to take about three years.

“UI will pay what it takes to clean it up, but they’ve guaranteed $30 million,” Jepsen said. “If it costs less, let’s say it costs $25 million, that $5 million will go to state.”

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