OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 254 (File 364, as amended by Senate “A”)*

AN ACT RESTRICTING THE APPLICATION OF FERTILIZERS THAT CONTAIN PHOSPHATE.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to submit a report to the Environment Committee on any private or public potential revenue source for remediating the Raymark Superfund site in Stratford.

The report must include:

1. a list of such revenue sources,

2. the (a) potential amount of funds available and (b) requirements to obtain funding from them,

3. recommendations for pursuing such sources and reasons for the recommendations, and

4. a proposed timeline for pursuing funding from the revenue sources.

Under the bill, DEEP must submit the report by February 1, 2013.

*Senate Amendment “A” replaces the original file, which (1) established certain restrictions on using and selling fertilizer containing phosphate and (2) expanded the water quality projects eligible for Clean Water Fund moneys.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

BACKGROUND

Superfund

“Superfund” is the name given to the environmental program established to address abandoned hazardous waste sites. It is also the name of the fund established by the 1980 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act that allows the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up such sites and compel responsible parties to perform cleanups or reimburse the government for EPA-led cleanups.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

29

Nay

0

(03/23/2012)