DEEP: DEEP Offers Air Permit Amnesty and Energy Efficiency Assistance to Reduce Costs at Connecticut’s Public and Private K-12 Schools

February 25, 2013
 
DEEP Offers Air Permit Amnesty and Energy Efficiency Assistance to Reduce Costs at Connecticut’s Public and Private K-12 Schools
 
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced a short-term air permit amnesty program for public and private K-12 schools.  The objectives of the program are to ensure full compliance with all federal and state air permitting requirements, while assisting schools in achieving cost savings through energy efficiency.
 
Connecticut’s K-12 schools maintain and operate various types of equipment such as steam boilers and diesel generators that may be large enough to require air permits.  The amnesty program will provide schools assistance in identifying what air permits are required.  For those schools that do require permits, educational workshops will be conducted to assist in the preparation of permit applications and any penalties associated with past failures to obtain the necessary permits will be waived.  The program will also provide each K-12 school assistance in identifying and implementing energy efficiency practices to significantly reduce energy costs. 
 
“This new initiative is focused on working closely with schools to assist them in reducing energy costs through efficiency measures, while at the same time helping them meet all federal and state air permitting requirements for equipment they operate,” said DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty.  “Our schools face tremendous challenges and DEEP seeks to support them by helping to reduce their operating expenses and regulatory compliance issues.” 
 
Superintendents of K-12 schools are now being notified of the opportunity to participate in this new program and DEEP is encouraging all public and private schools to participate regardless of their current air permitting status.  Any school wishing to participate would need to request approval from the Department and provide pertinent information, on forms provided by the Department, prior to August 1, 2013.
 
Schools with questions regarding the air permit amnesty program should contact Jared Millay of the DEEP’s Bureau of Air Management at (860) 424-3702 or via email at jared.millay@ct.gov.