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DEEP: ‘Tens of thousands’ of contaminated sites in Conn.

December 5, 2018

There may be “tens of thousands” of contaminated sites across Connecticut, according to the state, among them 516 designated as brownfields.

“The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) estimates that there could be tens of thousands of sites in the state that are or may be polluted, which it attributes to Connecticut’s long industrial history,” according to an issue brief on brownfields released by the state’s Office of Legislative Research.

The DEEP maintains a list of contaminated or potentially contaminated sites in every town, and includes whatever remediation may or may not have been attempted.

There are about 18,000 sites in Connecticut on that list, including More than 800 sites in Stamford, nearly 600 sites in Bridgeport, more than 620 in Norwalk, 450 in Danbury, 400 in Greenwich, 400 in New Haven, almost 200 in Middletown and almost 150 in Torrington.

Contaminated or potentially contaminated sites include gas stations, colleges, hospitals, car dealerships and auto body shops, and manufacturing and storage facilities.

The worst are considered brownfields, typically abandoned factories, mills and warehouses that still have excessive traces of nitrogen, calcium, petroleum hydrocarbons arsenic, cadmium,

lead, mercury or other harmful substances.

There are currently 516 brownfields on the DEEP list, 45 of them in Bridgeport, 35 in Stamford, 20 in Middletown, 17 in Norwalk, 16 in New Haven, 10 in Torrington, three in Danbury and two in Greenwich.

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