Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality
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SPECIAL REPORT:   Testing the Effluent: Some Systems Pass, Some Don't, and Some Won't Say
"Most alternative treatment systems (ATS) – the type of sewage system that treats waste from large developments or institutions prior to discharging the treated waste underground – failed to submit some or all of their required monitoring reports to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in 2011 and 2012. Of those facilities that submitted reports during 2011 and 2012 (the period of the Council’s review), only one in seven met their permitted limits for six key pollutants all of the time."   Read more:
Read the report.
Read the March 6, 2014 news release.


What We Do

  • Keep you informed of the state's environmental progress

    The Council on Environmental Quality is the state agency that monitors environmental progress and makes recommendations for correcting deficiencies in state laws and programs. Environmental Quality in Connecticut is the annual report that displays trends in the quality of our air, land, wildlife, rivers and streams.

  • Investigate 

    You can contact the Council when you believe someone (or some agency) might be violating environmental laws. The Council will investigate. On occasion, residents report activities that are damaging to the environment but cannot be addressed under current laws; in those cases, the Council will recommend that the General Assembly amend the relevant laws. Sometimes a single complaint will result in a special report.

  • Review state projects

    The Council has several responsibilities for assisting other agencies under the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act. Please contact the Council if you have questions or concerns about the environmental impacts of a state project. Read about current state projects and land transfers in the Environmental Monitor.

About the Council

The Council is a nine-member board that works independently of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The Chairman and four other members are appointed by the Governor; two members are appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and two by the Speaker of the House. Read more about the official duties of the Council here and in Sections 22a-11 through 22a-13 of the Connecticut General Statutes. All Council meetings are open to the public.