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New Fairfield First Selectman supports federal notification proposal

A bill requiring notification of all municipalities in a 30 miles radius of a proposed power plant, regardless of if they're in the same state has been introduced. 


New Fairfield First Selectman Pat Del Monaco supports the measure as a way to increase transparency and public participation.  She and others expressed concern about a plant opening in nearby Dover, New York.  Del Monaco says the proposal would guarantee local officials and the public the opportunity to assess and provide comment on potential impacts on crucial natural resources including air and drinking water.


A group called Newtown Forward supports the NOTICE Act, as it will increase fairness and allow for greater transparency in the review process for power plant facilities. 


Danbury state Senator Michael McLachlan thanked Congresswoman Esty for introducing the bill after concerns were raised about Cricket Valley Energy Power Plant coming to Dover, New York.  He says it's essentially is being built in the back yard of Connecticut residents and state lines should not be a reason for not informing residents who could be impacted.


The Cricket Valley Energy Center natural gas power plant is slated to open in 2020 in Dover, New York.  The state's Department of Environmental Conservation is not required to notify nearby Connecticut towns under current law.