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Source: Hartford Courant

Letters To The Editor: Applauds Sewage Overflow Law

The writer is Connecticut program coordinator for the Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

BY LOUIS W. BURCH, HAMDEN

Posted: May 23, 2012
Originally Published: May 15, 2012

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly deserve praise for passing a groundbreaking new law that will protect everyone that lives and plays in Connecticut from unnecessarily being exposed to harmful sewage pollution.

Gov. Malloy signed the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act into law on May 2. The law requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to notify the public when and where sewage overflows occur. Prompt and accessible notification of sewage overflows will help community members make informed decisions to protect their families from dangerous pathogens including e. coli and the virus that causes hepatitis.

The days of unknowingly swimming, fishing or boating in sewage-tainted Connecticut water bodies, such as Long Island Sound, should now be a problem of the past.

The Citizens Campaign For the Environment applauds the legislature for its stewardship, and thanks Gov. Malloy for signing this innovative public health protection. It is a simple, common sense and meaningful step in protecting Connecticut's health and maritime culture.