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Friday, May 11, 2012

Battle To Close Bridgeport Power Plant Begins Monday

A group fighting a renewal of the operating permit for Bridgeport Harbor Station will make its case before officials with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection during an informational hearing Monday night.

 The Bridgeport-based Healthy CT Alliance will make its case to DEEP that the plant should be retired rather than have its permit renewed because of health related issues. The regulatory agency's hearing will be held at the Bridgeport City Hall annex, which is located at 999 Broad Street.

 The 44-year-old plant is owned by New Jersey-based Public Service Electric & Gas and is one of the few remaining coal-fired generating plants left in the state.

Officials with the Healthy CT Alliance say that nearly 15 percent if school-aged children in Bridgeport have asthma, higher than the national average. Members of the group say emissions from the plant exacerbate asthma for those afflicted with it.

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