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Bill against Bloomfield water bottling plant moves ahead

BLOOMFIELD–A bill to restrict a proposed water bottling plant in Bloomfield is out of committee and could go to the state Senate floor. Meanwhile, work co...

BLOOMFIELD--A bill to restrict a proposed water bottling plant in Bloomfield is out of committee and could go to the state Senate floor.

Meanwhile, work continues at the 23-acre site, despite Senate Bill 422 moving forward.

The plan is to build a $150 million Niagara Water plant would tap into almost 2 million gallons of Connecticut's water each day if working at capacity.

Save Our Water CT is lobbying for support of Bill 422, which would block Niagara's discounted rate from the MDC for water, as well as give no breaks on the Clean Water Project charge. Many Bloomfield residents are opposed to the plant.

Niagara believes opposition to the plant is really about an environmental movement to stop plastic water bottles everywhere, and Niagara claims its bottles are as environmentally friendly as it gets.

"The bottle actually uses the thinnest plastic, the lightest plastic available, actually uses the least plastic," Stan Bratskeir, a Niagara Water spokesman, said.

Niagara claims once the plant is fully operational it will be flowing with 120 new jobs with benefits.