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Westport Rep. Steinberg Hails Fracking Bill Passage

The state Senate has approved bipartisan legislation designed to protect Connecticut from out-of-state fracking waste.
The state Senate has approved bipartisan legislation designed to protect Connecticut from out-of-state fracking waste. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The passage of Senate Bill 237, bipartisan legislation designed to protect Connecticut from out-of-state fracking waste, was applauded by state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-Westport. The bill passed the House 128-19.

“We have taken a momentous step in protecting the health and safety of the people of Connecticut. Our state might soon have faced the real prospect of fracking waste, riddled with high levels of radioactivity, if New York state changes its policy on fracking,” said Steinberg, vice chair of the Energy and Technology Committee. “Thanks to this legislation, we will have at least three years to promulgate what will likely be the most stringent regulations in the country, including removing existing federal loopholes. I think we will then be truly confident that fracking waste will never come to Connecticut.”

The legislation imposes a minimum three-year moratorium on importation of fracking waste and requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to adopt regulations declaring fracking waste and byproducts to be treated as hazardous waste, requires industry to disclosure ingredients and specifically protect the environment from radioactive ingredients.

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