For those who didn’t already know there was an ‘informational’ public meeting about the proposed power plant being held on July 11th. Representatives from NTE Energy will be there to present the proposed power plant plan and also answer questions. This meeting was mandatory due to the fact that Killingly is in the top 20 most distressed town per DEEP therefore NTE must receive approval from the Environmental Justice Program to proceed with the permit process for the power plant.
Per DEEP “..no segment of the population should, because of its racial or economic makeup, bear a disproportionate share of the risks and consequences of environmental pollution or be denied equal access to environmental benefits.”
CTDEEP’s Environmental Equity Policy, 1993
Considering this statement and the fact that Killingly has been in the list of the top 25 distressed towns in the state since at least 1999; why are we being subject to the addition of another major pollution source? Considering that we already have two fossil fuel power plants in Killingly when do we draw the line in the sand and say NO to any additional major pollution sources in town???
If you think this will reduce the taxes we pay into the town I would have to say I seriously doubt that. If you look at the mill rate over the past 15 years there has never been any major reduction in the tax rate that didn’t coincide with higher appraisal rates even with all the additional taxes paid in by the bigger additional pieces of industry that have been built ie: Lake Road Generating, Frito Lay (expansion)etc.