Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality
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Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality
May 31, 2018: The Council has published the state's annual environmental quality report, Environmental Quality in Connecticut.
Read the report  (Please read the note on that page about incompatibility with some browsers.)
Read the news release

August 22, 2018: Pursuant to Public Act 16-61 the Council reviewed the report, Environmental Study: Change in Use of New Britain Water Company Land (Proposed Quarry Expansion and Future Water Storage Reservoir) and submitted its comments on the report to the City of New Britain in May, and its recommendation regarding the proposal to the Water Planning Council in August for forwarding to the legislature's Committees on Environment and on Public Health. On August 22, 2018 The City of New Britain announced it will not be moving forward with the proposal. Comments from the public were very useful to the Council in drafting its comments.
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.