Legislators Celebrate Local Environmental Advocate at 15th Annual Kayak Regatta, Beach Dedication Ceremony

Posted on August 16, 2018 by admin


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WATERFORDState Representative Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) attended the Save the River Save the Hills Kayak Regatta in Waterford on Sunday, August 12 and celebrated the dedication of the new Grimsey Beach in honor of environmental advocate and Save the River Save the Hills President Fred Grimsey.

The 15th annual kayak regatta was held in honor of Niantic River Appreciation Day. This year, the event included a special ceremony in which the town of Waterford dedicated a portion of the shoreline at Oswegatchie Road as Grimsey Beach.

“We are all so grateful to Fred for his decades of passionate work preserving the environment and the river,” said Representative McCarty. “The Oswegatchie Hills provides our region with an invaluable ecosystem. I am proud to know Fred and to advocate along with Save the River, Save the Hills for the preservation of this beautiful area. It is very fitting to dedicate this beach on Oswegatchie Road as Grimsey Beach to him not only as a thank you, but as a reminder of what Fred has accomplished in our own community.”

“The Niantic River and surrounding environment are beautiful resources we must work together to protect and respect,” said Senator Formica. “This annual event is an important way to bring the community together to celebrate our natural resources and preservation efforts. This year’s event was particularly special for the well-deserved recognition of Fred Grimsey. By dedicating this beach to Fred, the town of Waterford has found a way to recognize the incredible work Fred has done for our community over the years, and to memorialize his compassion and dedication to our environment for today, tomorrow and future generations who will enjoy Grimsey Beach.

Fred Grimsey has been a long time local advocate for protecting the environment and was founder of Save the River Save the Hills, a non-profit grassroots environmental organization based on the Niantic River Estuary in Waterford & East Lyme. The organization is dedicated to preserving the health of the Niantic River Estuary, its Watershed and the natural beauty of the Oswegatchie Hills by operating a pump out boat on the Niantic River, conducting water quality testing, and advocating for the preservation of the Oswegatchie Hills.

For more information visit: http://www.savetheriversavethehills.org

Tax Free Week

Posted on August 7, 2018 by admin


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As the beginning of a new school year approaches, I would like to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week,” beginning Sunday, August 19 and ending Saturday, August 25, for back-to-school shopping!

 

This one-week long event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Please note that since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, the sale will still be exempt from taxes as long as the final price is less than $100. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

 

Tax Free Week, which occurs the third Sunday in August through the following Saturday, was first enacted in 2000. It applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use. Legislation enacted in 2015 reduced the exemption to clothing and footwear costing less than $100; which is substantially reduced from previous years.

 

For a complete listing of items that qualify as tax exempt and others that do not, please click here. If you would like to review additional details about the event, you can consult the Department of Revenue Services webpage by clicking here, or by speaking with your local retailers.

 

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Rep. McCarty to DEEP: “Please do not gamble with the best economic and energy-related interests for the State of Connecticut.”

Posted on July 20, 2018 by admin


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WATERFORDState Representative Kathleen McCarty (R-38), who recently led her legislative colleagues to jointly and in a bipartisan manner send a letter urging the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to amend its draft RFP (Request for Proposals) that essentially excludes Millstone from participating in a competitive auction for zero carbon electricity until 2023, has sent DEEP a letter of her own.

“As the State Representative of Waterford, home to Millstone, there was (and is) no other bill passed in the legislature more important and vital to the welfare of my constituents, the Waterford community, Southeastern Connecticut, and the state than Public Act 17-3 – which would permit nuclear energy (Millstone) to bid in Connecticut’s energy procurements,” said Rep. McCarty.

“It is therefore unfathomable to me, in light of the benefits of Millstone, that DEEP would put the entire legislative process, as well as the future of Millstone remaining in Connecticut, in jeopardy by inserting new, injurious language in its Draft RFP,” continued Rep. McCarty. “The term “AT RISK TIME PERIOD” to delay Millstone’s participating in the procurement process until 2023 found in the Draft RFP is unacceptable and was not part of the bill, nor its intent.”

“I cannot imagine how DEEP will meet its clean air initiatives outlined in its Integrated Resources Plan or its Comprehensive Energy Strategy Plan without Millstone,” Rep. McCarty said. “There are options for Dominion to retire its nuclear plant early because of the unpredictable conduct of DEEP, but there will be limited options for the state to meet its clean air energy needs and lower electricity costs for Connecticut’s ratepayers. Please do not gamble with the best economic and energy-related interests of the State of Connecticut.”

View a copy of the letter here.

Legislators Send Letter to DEEP Regarding Draft Notice for Zero Carbon Energy

Posted on July 20, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – Led by State Representative Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford), lawmakers from all over Southeastern Connecticut joined together last week in an opinion-editorial to urge the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to amend its draft RFP (Request for Proposals) that essentially excludes Millstone from participating in a competitive auction for zero carbon electricity until 2023. The legislators reminded DEEP of their responsibility to comply with a law passed last year which requires that Millstone be allowed to compete in a competitive auction for carbon-free resources.

This week, legislators from across the state have joined Rep. McCarty’s effort, with the help of Senator Paul Formica, and sent a letter directly to DEEP Commissioner Klee. In the letter, 46 Representatives and 9 Senators in a bipartisan manner informed DEEP of the adverse economic and environmental ramifications of a premature closing of Millstone.

“While we are pleased that DEEP recently issued a draft RFP, we were shocked and dismayed to discover DEEP is ignoring the legislative intent of the law,” the legislators wrote. “Unfortunately, in the draft RFP, DEEP usurped legislative authority by defining a new term, “at risk time period” to 2023, which would significantly delay the time frame of potential contracts for certain resources. This language is inappropriate and unfair.

“Millstone Power Station – the source of 50% of the state’s power, 90% of its carbon-free electricity and 1500 jobs – is the only resource participating in the comprehensive “At Risk” determination process and thus is the only resource potentially impacted. What’s more,” they continue, “DEEP waited until it knew that Millstone was the only resource seeking “At Risk” treatment before it defined the new term. This language in the draft RFP is unacceptable and MUST be removed before the Final RFP is issued on July 31, 2018. If Millstone is determined to be an existing resource confirmed At Risk, the risk is NOW and it should not be forced to wait until 2023 to be treated as such.”

DEEP has confirmed the receipt of this letter and states that they “appreciate” the legislators’ input and “will take [their] comments into consideration.”

View a copy of the letter here.

Signatories include:

Representatives:
Ackert
Belsito
Betts
Bocchino
Bolinsky
Buckbee
Camillo
Candelora, V.
Carney
Cheeseman
Conley
Cummings
D’Amelio
Davis
de la Cruz
Delnicki
Dubitsky
Dunsby
Floren
France
Green
Hall
Klarides, T.
Kokoruda
McCarty
O’Dea
Orange
Petit
Piscopo
Riley
Reed
Rutigliano
Ryan
Siegrist
Simanski
Skulczyck
Smith
Soto
Srinivasan
Storms
Tweedie
Vail
Wilms
Wilson
Yaccarino
Ziobron

Senators:
Fasano
Formica
Frantz
Hwang
MacLachlan
Martin
Miner
Osten
Somers

Southeastern Delegation Responds to DEEP’s Draft Notice Regarding Zero Carbon Energy (Opinion-Editorial)

Posted on July 13, 2018 by admin


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Last year, Connecticut’s General Assembly passed a bipartisan bill that offers the potential of lowering electricity costs for Connecticut’s ratepayers. The bill authorized energy regulators to conduct a competitive auction for carbon-free resources if they determined it was necessary.  The bill created a path forward for Connecticut to meet its energy, environmental and economic goals.  Importantly, the bill also would potentially protect Millstone Power Station, the source of 50% of the state’s power and 90% of its carbon free electricity and 1500 jobs, by allowing it to compete in the competitive auction too.

Unfortunately, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), is charting a different course than the legislation directed.  The legislature directed DEEP to conduct a competitive auction for zero carbon electricity and to allow Millstone to participate, if regulators determined that it was necessary. They made the determination in February that it was necessary.

Now, after beginning the process, DEEP is unilaterally changing the legislative intent of the law by inserting language into the draft Request for Proposals that would essentially exclude Millstone’s offer from being considered until June 1, 2023.  They do so by creating a new term and definition, “at risk time period” that does not exist in the statute. DEEP must eliminate this definition in the final Request for Proposals in order to be in compliance with the legislative intent of the law.  Otherwise, DEEP will be usurping the legislative authority from the women and men elected to represent the people of this state.

Dominion Energy, the owner and operator of Millstone Power Station, acted in good faith throughout the entire legislative process. It has responded to all legislative and regulatory requests, including voluntarily providing its proprietary and independently audited financial data. If Millstone is the winning bidder in the competitive auction, its contract has to take effect now and not in 2023.  That is what the legislature intended by passing and enacting Public Act No. 17-3.

What’s more, Dominion Energy is facing an important decision now about investing more than 700 million dollars into Millstone Power Station to maintain exemplary operations. Neither Dominion Energy, nor the workers at Millstone Power Station, nor the ratepayers, nor Connecticut can afford the delayed implementation of the auction to 2023.

A premature retirement of Millstone will certainly result in higher electricity costs for Connecticut’s ratepayers, the loss of thousands of jobs, thirty million in local taxes, 1.5 billion to the state economy and the inability of the state to meet its clean air goals. The adverse economic and environmental ramifications cannot be overemphasized.

The debate over the future of Millstone has been settled by the legislature.  It is the job of Connecticut’s energy regulators to follow the legislature’s will. The Southeastern delegation cannot overstate the urgency and necessity for them to comply with the legislative intent of Public Act 17-3.

We urge DEEP to amend its draft RFP, eliminate the language regarding the 2023 start date and comply with the law enacted.

Sincerely,

Rep. Kathleen McCarty (R-38)

Rep. Holly Cheeseman (R-37)

Rep. Mike France (R-42)

Rep. Devin Carney (R-23)

Rep. Christine Conley (D-40)

Sen. Heather Somers (R-18)

Rep. Chris Soto (D-39)

Rep. Emmett Riley (D-46)

Rep. Kevin Ryan (D-139)

Rep. Linda Orange (D-48)

Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R-34)

Rep. Doug Dubitsky (R-47)

Rep. Kevin Skulczyck (R-45)

Sen. Paul Formica (R-40)

Sen. Cathy Osten (D-19)

Rep. Joe De La Cruz (D-41)

Roadwork on Route 82 in Montville

Posted on July 12, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is continuing their 2018 Vendor Resurfacing Program with milling work on a 4.32 mile segment of Route 82 in Salem, Montville and Bozrah starting Monday, July 16th. Resurfacing will begin on Tuesday, July 24th and is expected to conclude on Monday, August 6th.

 

Please expect lane closures to occur on Route 82 from Route 354 in Salem, through Montville, to South Road in Bozrah. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. As always, please maintain a safe speed when driving through this vicinity.