- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) - Eastern Connecticut towns that took the brunt of Tuesday’s winter storm may now dump snow into waterways.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has given special authorization to towns to dump snow into waterways as a last resort.

None of the towns contacted Thursday by The Bulletin (https://bit.ly/1ydJOK7 ) have done so.

Putnam Town Administrator Douglas Cutler said the Quinebaug River should be kept as clean as possible and snow with sand and salt will eventually affect Long Island Sound where the waterway empties.

Bozrah First Selectman William Ballinger says a rural community usually has a lot of open space for snow disposal.

Dennis Schain, spokesman for the state environmental agency, said the state is being flexible. But he says the preference is to dump snow on land where impurities are filtered.

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Information from: Norwich Bulletin, https://www.norwichbulletin.com

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