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Norwich business cited in environmental complaints

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Boyd's Used Auto Parts Inc. of Norwich is among several companies in the state cited in complaints filed Friday by three environmental groups that charge the businesses with failure to obtain newly required industrial stormwater permits.

Groups filing the complaints were the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Soundkeeper and the Conservation Law Foundation.

The complaints allege that Boyd's and others are violating the Clean Water Act by polluting Connecticut rivers and Long Island Sound.

"Stormwater runoff is the fastest growing threat to clean water in Connecticut, and industrial sites discharge some of the most polluted and toxic stormwater," the environmental groups said in a statement. "The organizations seek to hold the alleged polluters accountable and bring them into compliance for cleaner and healthier Connecticut rivers and Long Island Sound."

Other companies named in complaints were Eastern Scrap Metal LLC and the Bufferd Junk Co. of Bridgeport; A&B Auto Salvage Inc. and A&B Scrap Metal LLC of East Hartford; A-rite Used Auto Parts Inc. of New Britain; Seymour Auto Wrecking Inc. of Seymour; Valley Auto Body Inc. and Waterbury Auto Salvage Inc. of Waterbury; and Northeast Recyclers of Windham Inc. of Willimantic.

The Clean Water Act, according to the complainants, allows citizens to file lawsuits against those believed to be responsible for certain environmental violations.

l.howard@theday.com

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