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11/28/2014

Firefighters stay busy

by Elio Gugliotti, Citizen's News
POSTED: 11/28/14 

BEACON FALLS — A tractor trailer accident on Route 8 and a small fire on Main Street kept emergency responders busy Thanksgiving eve.

According to a state police accident report, a tractor trailer was traveling in the left lane of Route 8 South near Exit 25 in Beacon Falls Nov. 26 when the driver, 54-year-old Wei Sun of New York, lost control of the tractor trailer. The tractor trailer, which is owned by Sw Express Inc. out of New York, crashed through the metal guide rail on the right side of the highway, slid down the embankment and came to an uncontrolled stop partially in the Naugatuck River facing north, according to police.

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11/25/2014

State approves money for work

Citizen's News
POSTED: 11/25/14 

NAUGATUCK — The state Bond Commission has approved $3.19 million in grant money for Naugatuck to upgrade the Whittemore Bridge that runs over the Naugatuck River on Maple Street.

The Department of Transportation agreed to give the borough that money in July, and the Bond Commission officially approved it Nov. 19.

The century-old bridge was designed by architect Henry Bacon, who designed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

The project will cost more than $6 million, which Naugatuck now has after voters recently approved funding $1 million through a bond to offset the cost. Voters approved an additional $2 million several years ago.

The DOT has ruled that the bridge is in need of repair. Department of Public Works Director Jim Stewart said it is not a safety hazard, but noted that the bridge does have a 40-ton weight restriction, meaning that some large trucks cannot use it.

It is unclear when the project will begin.

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11/17/2014

Opposition growing to Oxford power plant

by Hugh Bailey, CT Post
POSTED: 11/17/14 

With a public hearing on tap for a proposed Oxford power plant, local opposition is growing.

The Connecticut Siting Council last week agreed to consider Competitive Power Ventures' plan for an 805-megawatt natural-gas-fired power plant on Woodruff Hill Road. That clears the way for a public hearing in town, scheduled for Jan. 15, where the company will make its pitch and concerned parties can state their objections.

A power plant was approved for the site based on permits from 1999, which called for a 512-megawatt plant. Much of the power plant's opposition comes from neighboring Middlebury, where homes sit just over the town line from the 26-acre site, a half-mile from Waterbury-Oxford Airport.

Oxford residents say they, too, have cause for concern, especially because of the amount of development in the years since. The densely packed Oxford Greens senior housing complex, which opened in 2004, includes some homes less than a mile from the site.

Wayne McCormack, who has lived in Oxford Greens since 2010, said his objections include pollution, the effect on the local water supply and potentially lower home values.

"There's a pretty good-sized population that will be impacted," he said.

McCormack said he was among about 60 people at the Siting Council hearing last week, virtually all of them opposed to the project.

He said Oxford Greens is close enough to the site to raise alarm.

"P&Z should never have approved it if they knew there was going to be a power plant nearby," he said, referring to the Oxford Planning and Zoning Commission.

The Siting Council will officially set the public hearing date at its next regular meeting on Dec. 11. At the hearing tentatively set for Jan. 15, the council will conduct a public field review of the site, which the public is invited to attend, followed by an evidentiary hearing where the project's backers will answer questions.

The snow date for the hearing is Jan. 29.

hbailey@ctpost.com; 203-330-6233; http://twitter.com/hughsbailey

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11/17/2014

Oxford/Middlebury Residents Express Concerns Over Power Plant

Oxford/Middlebury Residents Express Concerns Over Power Plant
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The facility would lead to 500 construction and 25 full-time jobs.
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By Brian McCready (Patch Staff)
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Oxford/Middlebury Residents Express Concerns Over Power Plant
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The numbers are impressive. Five hundred new construction jobs, 25 full-time jobs, $53 million in property taxes, and enough power to power 750,000 Connecticut homes.
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But then there is the other side, the residents who do not want to reside next to a power plant, and that is what we have unfolding on the Oxford/Middlebury line.
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Last night Competitive Power Ventures hosted an open house to informs residents on its CPV Towantic Energy Center project that is proposed on a 26-acre industrial zoned site in Oxford.
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CPV hopes to break ground next year on an 805-megawatt combined-cycle electric generating facility, the Waterbury Republican-American reports.
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But Middlebury and Oxford residents have expressed concern about the facility and questioned if there would be health concerns as well as a depreciation in their property values.
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According to CPV’s website the company is proud to be working with the Oxford community to build this needed facility and help meet the energy and economic needs of southeastern Connecticut in an environmentally responsible manner.

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11/17/2014

Plans To Build Power Plant in Oxford Resurrected

Plans To Build Power Plant in Oxford Resurrected
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August 12, 2014|By ANERI PATTANI, apattani@courant.com
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OXFORD - Plans to build a gas power plant on the northern town line are being resurrected despite some opposition.
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Competitive Power Ventures is proposing to build a (gas and oil) 805-megawatt facility on an approximately 20-acre site in the Woodruff Hill industrial complex.
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CPV plans to increase the output of the plant from its original figure of 550 megawatts to 805 megawatts. It also wants to minimize visual and environmental impact, Bazinet said. Tall structures will be lowered and air emissions will be lessened, he said.
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11/16/2014

Oxford Power Plant proposes to use Naugatuck River Treatment Plant to treat its waste

Power plant hearing Jan. 15
First of several on expansion plans
BY JORDAN OTERO REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

The proposed 26-acre site for the CPV Towantic Energy Center power plant. Competitive Power Ventures plans to break ground next year on an 785 megawatt combined-cycle electric generating facility. Contributed by CPV
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OXFORD — The Connecticut Siting Council has set a tentative date for a public hearing on a proposed power plant in Oxford.

The council will seek to approve the Jan. 15 date at its next meeting on Dec. 11, according to acting executive director Melanie A. Bachman. The snow day would be Jan.

Note: 60,000 to 300,000 gallons per day of Pomperaug River Watershed water from this plant will enter the Naugatuck Waste Water Treatment Plant and then be discharged into the Naugatuck River. The exact content and volume of this is yet to be determined. Therefore, the ecological affect of this is unknown at this point.

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11/14/2014

Discussion on Proposed Power Plant Near Middlebury/Oxford Town Line Draws Crowd Both those in favor of and against the plant attended the meeting in New Britain.

By Feroze Dhanoa (Patch Staff)
More than 100 people attended the Connecticut Siting Council meeting in New Britain on Thursday, NBC Connecticut reports.

According to the Republican-American, the council agreed to consider an application for a larger power plant. Those who were not permitted inside the hearing room rallied outside expressing their opposition to the plant.

The meeting was held to open discussion about whether the CPV Towantic Energy Center can be built as an 812-megawatt plant in an industrial zone on Woodruff Hill Road and will be 500 feet from the Middlebury town line. The plant was approved on a permit 15-years ago that allows it to be built as a 512-megawatt plant.

According to the news channel, those both in favor of and against the plant were able to express their views, while those against the plant outnumbered those in favor of it. According to the Republican-American, those who support the plant say it will provide a boost to Oxford’s economy.

Citizens against the plant have started a petition against the energy plant and have already received 1,151 of the 2,000 signatures required to keep the proposed facility out of Oxford. A Facebook page has also been set up to oppose the proposed construction of the plant.

The plant will include both natural gas and oil as energy sources. According to the petition, the plant will affect neighborhoods 2-3 miles away with vibration, noise and 30 months of heavy construction traffic with air pollution impacting neighborhoods within a 10-mile radius.

As the issue moves forward, both those in favor of and against the plant will be able to present arguments to the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, the news channel reports.

A public hearing on the issue will be held in Oxford, the earliest date for which is Jan. 12, 2015.

CPV’s application to the Connecticut Siting Council and all relevant documents can be viewed here.

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11/13/2014

Environmentalists seek more protection for Long Island Sound

By Ed Stannard, New Haven Register
POSTED: 11/10/14
NEW HAVEN >> It doesn’t matter how small the waterway is, it needs to be protected in order to keep Long Island Sound clean, according to a coalition of environmental activists.

The members of Environment Connecticut met Monday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at New Haven Harbor to support a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency “to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act” and to “celebrate the progress this bedrock environmental law has already brought to Long Island Sound,” said Jessie Mehrhoff, an organizer for the coalition.

The loophole, created by the courts and regulators over the years, threatens up to half the wetlands and waters covered by the Clean Water Act, according to Rivers Alliance of Connecticut. The EPA’s proposed rule would restore those waterways, which eventually feed the Sound, to the agency’s protection, requiring permits to develop in watersheds if there is a danger of runoff.

The activists on Monday were encouraging people to comment on the proposed rule, through a link at www.environmentamerica.org. The comment period closes Friday.

The proposal faces opposition from developers, farmers, businesses and some legislators. “Unfortunately, in September the United States House of Representatives voted to block this rule,” Mehrhoff said.

“We’ve really cleaned up a lot of Connecticut’s waters because of it. The Naugatuck River is no longer a different artificial color on different days, said Roger Reynolds, legal director of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.

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11/12/2014

Middlebury strongly opposing proposed Oxford power plant

Middlebury strongly opposing proposed Oxford power plant

BY BILL BITTAR REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

The proposed site of an 805-megawatt power plant in Woodruff Industrial Park in Oxford. Middlebury residents generally are opposed to the project. Republican-American Archive
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MIDDLEBURY -- Competitive Power Ventures says an 805-megawatt power plant in Woodruff Industrial Park would bring millions of dollars in tax revenue and up to 500 new jobs to Oxford, but residents in neighboring Middlebury don't see much benefit for their community.

The town strongly opposed similar plans to build a 512-megawatt plant there 15 years ago, and the latest plan rekindled First Selectman Edward B. St. John's concern for Middlebury's residential neighborhoods nearby.

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11/10/2014

Naugatuck River Banks Cleaned

Recently a hard working group of 38 Naugatuck High School (NHS) and Air Force Junior ROTC cadets cleaned the east riverbank of the Naugatuck River and the Greenway Trail in Linden Park in Naugatuck. Master Sergeant Gary Morrone, USAF (ret) and Lieutenant Colonel Valerie Lofland, USAF (ret) led the cadets in this effort to improve the quality of life in the Naugatuck River Valley. This the fifth consecutive year (tenth time) that the NHS ROTC has completed spring and fall conservation projects along the Naugatuck River. Now trail walkers, paddlers, anglers and wildlife observers will have an improved scenic view of the river and its riparian habitat. 

More than a dozen bags of light debris, a skateboard, metal soccer goal and net, truck tires, basketball, sneakers, lengths of board and plastic and metal pipes were removed. The project was organized by Joe Savarese and Bob Gregorski of the Naugatuck River Watershed Association (NRWA) and sponsored by the Borough of Naugatuck including the Mayor’s office, Public Works and Recreation Departments. Ron Tymula Manager of Student Transportation of America in Naugatuck donated the bus transportation. The Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter Trout Unlimited subsidized the project. Participants were: Tabatha Genovese, Allysa Almanzar, Joe White, Chris Werner, Lt Col Valerie Lofland, USAF (ret), Dan Solberg, Matt Pimpinelli, Logan Lowe, Alex Ortiz, Aliyah Tripp, Parthe Soni, Yulya Vermenych, Enid Velez, Gerry Kuchyt, Bailey Dionne, Nisa Silva, Ricky Silva, Nick Hernandez, Nick Testone, Arber Mustafa, Danny Pagan, Jonathan Romero, Anthony Sandri, Chad Cole, Dan Rodriguez, Joe Taveras, Anthony Perigini, Dave Roskosky, Justin Carignan, Allen Noss, Justin Lastra, Kevin Pimpinelli, Danny Taylor, Patricia Carvalho, Maria Rivera, Jada Illa, Juliana Damasceno, Grace Santiago, Anthony Sandri, MSgt Gary Morrone, USAF (ret).
Recently a hard working group of 38 Naugatuck High School (NHS), Air Force Junior ROTC cadets cleaned the east riverbank of the Naugatuck River and the Greenway Trail in Linden Park in Naugatuck. (photo by Joe Savarese Photo by Joe Savarese

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