From State House members Steve Stafstrom and Ezequiel Santiago:
State Representatives Steve Stafstrom and Ezequiel Santiago are pleased that Bridgeport has been awarded a $2 million grant to remediate a 2.2 acre site (next to the West End sewage treatment plant) in the city’s Eco-Technology park to enable the construction of a permitted anaerobic digester facility.
The $2 million grant for Bridgeport announced by Governor Dannel P. Malloy comes under the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s (DECD) Brownfield Remediation Program. The anaerobic digester facility will accept wastewater bio-solids from both of Bridgeport’s wastewater treatment facilities and convert these materials to generate renewable energy. The facility is expected to begin full operations in early 2017.
“I want to thank Governor Malloy for including Bridgeport as one of 16 municipalities being awarded these critically important remediation grants,” Rep. Stafstrom said. “The Bridgeport grant represents a welcomed investment in a project that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while significantly reducing the volume of organic materials being hauled to incinerators or landfills, saving Bridgeport tax payer funds.”
“These funds will further Bridgeport’s efforts to bring derelict properties back to useful condition,” said Rep. Ezequiel Santiago. “Our inner cities, which have suffered a disproportionate share of defunct properties, are in need of continued remediation support. I thank Governor Malloy for prioritizing these items and look forward to the work ahead.”