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Air quality monitoring station planned in Kent

Western Connecticut Clean Air Action plans to install an air quality monitoring station in Kent to measure pollutant levels before and after the Cricket Valley Energy Center begins operating in 2020. Several other monitoring locations in neighboring towns are under consideration.  The natural gas-fired electric generation plant is just over the state line in Dover Plains, New York.  The nearest DEEP air monitoring stations are 18 miles away in Cornwall and 26 miles away in Thomaston.  The Kent Conservation Commission argues that those monitors aren't close enough, and the monitors at the base of the smokestacks won't account for wind drift to accurately show ground level measurements in Kent.

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