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Chronic Polluters, Tainted Waters

Josh Kovner and Regine Labossiere of The Hartford Courant conducted a two-month investigation into the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection's lax enforcement of the federal Clean Water Act. They found that 17 of 35 companies covered by the Act are dumping toxic chemicals into the state's waterways under permit limits that have expired, some more than 10 years ago. The Courant also found Connecticut takes little action against violators, including companies that dump lead and cyanide at levels up to 200 percent above what is permitted.

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