HARTFORD–Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation announced that the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) will receive $3 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. The grant program is funded by the Inflation Reduction Act.

“Tackling the climate crisis requires bold action, and last summer’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act made a historic investment in clean energy and decarbonization while also lowering costs for families. Thanks to that piece of legislation, this $3 million in federal funding will ensure Connecticut has the necessary resources to help achieve our big goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce carbon pollution. Communities in Connecticut have already begun to feel the impacts of climate change, and we will continue working to pass policies that give us a fighting chance to slow the effects,” said the Connecticut congressional delegation.

“If this summer of extreme heat, flooding, and wildfire smoke has taught us anything, it’s that we need to work urgently to get on track to meet Connecticut’s greenhouse gas emissions goals. The Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Phase 1 planning grant will provide Connecticut with critical resources to develop a roadmap of impactful actions to drive down emissions while ensuring those actions benefit our environmental justice communities,” said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes.

This grant provides funding for CTDEEP to develop a comprehensive, economy-wide climate mitigation plan. CTDEEP will work in collaboration with air pollution control districts, large and small municipalities statewide, and tribal governments to support actions to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) and harmful air pollutants.