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Bridgeport Lawmakers Applaud $2M For Brownfield Remediation

State Rep. Steve Stafstrom said the $2 million Brownfield grant Bridgeport received from the state will remediate a 2.2 acre site in the city’s Eco-Technology park to enable the construction of a permitted anaerobic digester facility Photo Credit: Contributed photo
State Rep. Ezequiel Santiago is pleased Bridgeport received a $2 million brownfield grant that will allow the city to remediate a 2.2 acre site in the cit's Eco-Technology park. Photo Credit: projects.ctmirror.org

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- State Reps. Steve Stafstrom and Ezequiel Santiago are pleased Bridgeport has been awarded a $2 million grant to remediate a 2.2-acre site in the city’s Eco-Technology park to enable the construction of a permitted anaerobic digester facility.

The $2 million grant for Bridgeport announced Wednesday, Feb. 10 by Gov. Dannell Malloy, will come from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Brownfield Remediation Program.

“These funds will further Bridgeport’s efforts to bring derelict properties back to useful condition,” Santiago said. “Our inner cities, which have suffered a disproportionate share of defunct properties, are in need of continued remediation support. I thank Governor Malloy for prioritizing these items and look forward to the work ahead.”

The anaerobic digester facility will accept wastewater bio-solids from both of Bridgeport’s wastewater treatment facilities and convert these materials to generate renewable energy. The facility is expected to begin full operations in early 2017.

“I want to thank Governor Malloy for including Bridgeport as one of 16 municipalities being awarded these critically important remediation grants,” Stafstrom said. “The Bridgeport grant represents a welcomed investment in a project that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while significantly reducing the volume of organic materials being hauled to incinerators or landfills, saving Bridgeport tax payer funds.”

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