CORRECTION: This article has been changed to reflect that the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality is its own agency and not a chapter of a larger organization.
The Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality honored the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority and the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection for reducing air pollution from a Hartford power plant.
The South Meadow plant known as the jets consists of eight jet turbine engines that burn jet fuel to generate power only when demand for power is at its highest. This plants has operated on and off for 42 years with no air pollution control.
At the request of CEQ, the DEEP – serving as regulator – and CRRA – serving as owners – revised the operational permit issues on Aug. 14.
The changes to the plant include burning only ultra-low sulfur fuel, having onsite personnel check the density of emissions, and testing for particulate pollution.