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State’s Air Quality Improved In 2013, But Environmental Violations Were Up

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(Photo credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) – The state Council on Environmental Quality says Connecticut’s air last year was cleaner than it’s been in decades.  In its annual report,  the Council attributes that to residents driving less, using more public transportation,  and using electricity more efficiently.

However,  the Council says the state us not doing as well when it comes to land conservation and compliance with environmental laws.  Council Chair Susan Merrow of East Haddam says compliance has been between 80 and 90 percent for years — but in 2013, it dropped to 72 percent,  meaning state environmental inspectors found violations in more than one inspection in four.

The report says one reason for the increase in violations could be the large number of notices regarding radioactive materials and x-ray devices,  since the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has been making a special effort in that area.

Click here for the full report.

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