Milford's Slossberg calls on state to revoke company's permit
MILFORD – State Sen. Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) in a prepared statement released by her office praised the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s decision to indefinitely suspend an application to expand a controversial solid waste disposal facility in a residential neighborhood in Milford.
In light of recent court filings regarding a legal dispute over ownership of the Recycling Inc. property at 990 Naugatuck Ave., Sen. Slossberg is calling on DEEP to permanently revoke the facility’s permit and shut down the operation for good.
“Suspending the application for this deeply troubling project was the right move and I thank DEEP for taking quick, decisive action,” Slossberg said in a prepared statement . “However, I do not believe that the health and safety of Milford residents will be properly protected until this waste disposal facility is shut down for good. I urge the DEEP to investigate the legal problems related to this facility and to permanently revoke the permit.”
With the indefinite suspension of the application process for expanding the facility, the scheduled public hearing is similarly on hold.
Earlier this year, DEEP tentatively approved a permit that would have allowed the Recycling Inc. facility, which is located in a residential neighborhood alongside the Housatonic River, to accept up to 700 tons of construction debris and other kinds of waste. Sen. Slossberg and members of the Milford delegation joined with city leaders and scores of residents to oppose the project, which they argued would dramatically increase the risk of ground, air and water contamination as well as subject residents to fumes and noise from truck traffic and machinery.
Slossberg added in a prepared statement,: “I have fought this expansion project from the beginning because of the danger it poses to public safety and our natural resources. Now, new legal allegations have cast a dark shadow over this project and have increased the urgency for shutting down the project.”
Note this information was submitted by Slossberg's Hartford office.