Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

Amendment

 

February Session, 2012

LCO No. 4888

   
 

*SB0044004888SDO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. MEYER, 12th Dist.

REP. DONOVAN, 84th Dist.

REP. ROY, 119th Dist.

SEN. RORABACK, 30th Dist.

REP. CHAPIN, 67th Dist.

SEN. CASSANO, 4th Dist.

SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

REP. AMAN, 14th Dist.

REP. GENTILE, 104th Dist.

REP. FRITZ, 90th Dist.

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 440

File No. 377

Cal. No. 282

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (Effective from passage) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, or the commissioner's designee, shall, in consultation with the chief elected officials of the cities of Danbury, Meriden and Waterbury and the towns of Cheshire, Southington and Wallingford, or such chief elected officials' designees, develop a state-wide strategy to reduce phosphorous loading in inland nontidal waters in order to comply with standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Such state-wide strategy shall (1) establish a state-wide response to address phosphorous nonpoint source pollution, (2) create a workable, cost-effective approach for municipalities to use in order to comply with standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for phosphorous reduction, and (3) determine the proper scientific methods by which to measure current phosphorous levels in inland nontidal waters and to make future projections of phosphorous levels in such waters.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2012) (a) For the purposes of this section:

(1) "Established lawn" means any area of ground that is covered with any species of grass for two or more growing seasons and that is customarily kept mowed;

(2) "Golf course" means an area solely designated for the play or practice of the game of golf, including, but not limited to, surrounding grounds, trees and ornamental beds; and

(3) "Organic lawn fertilizer" means fertilizer made from materials derived from either plant or animal products containing naturally occurring phosphorus.

(b) Notwithstanding chapter 427a of the general statutes, no person shall apply fertilizer, as defined in section 22-111b of the general statutes, that contains phosphate to an established lawn, except when: (1) A soil test approved by the Commissioner of Agriculture and performed within the previous one hundred eighty days indicates the soil is lacking in phosphorus and fertilizer containing phosphate is needed for the growth of such lawn, or (2) such fertilizer containing phosphate is used for establishing new grass or repairing such lawn with seed or sod.

(c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to: (1) Property classified as agricultural land, as defined in section 22-26bb of the general statutes, (2) a golf course, or (3) the application of organic lawn fertilizer.

(d) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this section, no person shall apply any fertilizer, as defined in section 22-111b of the general statutes, that contains phosphate to any lawn during the period beginning November fifteenth and ending March fifteenth of the following year.

(e) Notwithstanding chapters 427a and 441 of the general statutes and subsections (b) and (d) of this section, no person shall apply any fertilizer, as defined in section 22-111b of the general statutes, that contains phosphate to any portion of a lawn that is located twenty feet or less from any brook, stream, river, lake, pond, sound or any other body of water.

(f) On and after October 1, 2012, any person who sells fertilizer, as defined in section 22-111b of the general statutes, in a retail establishment, shall separately display fertilizer products that contain phosphate from fertilizer products that do not contain phosphate. Such person shall post a sign at the point of sale for such fertilizer products that states the following: "PHOSPHATE RUNOFF CAN POSE A THREAT TO WATER QUALITY. CONNECTICUT LAW PROHIBITS: (1) THE APPLICATION OF FERTILIZER THAT CONTAINS PHOSPHATE TO AN ESTABLISHED LAWN, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS, (2) THE APPLICATION OF FERTILIZER THAT CONTAINS PHOSPHATE TO ANY LAWN FROM NOVEMBER FIFTEENTH THROUGH MARCH FIFTEENTH, AND (3) THE APPLICATION OF FERTILIZER THAT CONTAINS PHOSPHATE TO ANY PORTION OF A LAWN THAT IS LOCATED WITHIN TWENTY FEET OF ANY BODY OF WATER. ". Such sign shall be readily visible to consumers of fertilizer at such retail establishment and shall be printed in black lettering not less than thirty-eight-point type size upon a white background.

(g) The Commissioner of Agriculture may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes, to implement the provisions of this section.

(h) Any person who violates subsection (b), (d), (e) or (f) of this section shall be assessed a civil penalty by the Commissioner of Agriculture of five hundred dollars.

Sec. 3. Subsection (c) of section 22a-478 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(c) The funding of an eligible water quality project shall be pursuant to a project funding agreement between the state, acting by and through the commissioner, and the municipality undertaking such project and shall be evidenced by a project fund obligation or grant account loan obligation, or both, or an interim funding obligation of such municipality issued in accordance with section 22a-479. A project funding agreement shall be in a form prescribed by the commissioner. Eligible water quality projects shall be funded as follows:

(1) A nonpoint source pollution abatement project shall receive a project grant of seventy-five per cent of the cost of the project determined to be eligible by the commissioner.

(2) A combined sewer project shall receive (A) a project grant of fifty per cent of the cost of the project, and (B) a loan for the remainder of the costs of the project, not exceeding one hundred per cent of the eligible water quality project costs.

(3) A construction contract eligible for financing awarded by a municipality on or after July 1, [1999] 2012, as a project undertaken for [nitrogen] nutrient removal shall receive a project grant of thirty per cent of the cost of the project associated with [nitrogen] nutrient removal, a twenty per cent grant for the balance of the cost of the project not related to [nitrogen] nutrient removal, and a loan for the remainder of the costs of the project, not exceeding one hundred per cent of the eligible water quality project costs. [Nitrogen] Nutrient removal projects under design or construction on July 1, [1999] 2012, and projects that have been constructed but have not received permanent, Clean Water Fund financing, on July 1, [1999] 2012, shall be eligible to receive a project grant of thirty per cent of the cost of the project associated with [nitrogen] nutrient removal, a twenty per cent grant for the balance of the cost of the project not related to [nitrogen] nutrient removal, and a loan for the remainder of the costs of the project, not exceeding one hundred per cent of the eligible water quality project costs.

(4) If supplemental federal grant funds are available for Clean Water Fund projects specifically related to the clean-up of Long Island Sound that are funded on or after July 1, [2003] 2012, a distressed municipality, as defined in section 32-9p, may receive a combination of state and federal grants in an amount not to exceed fifty per cent of the cost of the project associated with [nitrogen] nutrient removal, a twenty per cent grant for the balance of the cost of the project not related to [nitrogen] nutrient removal, and a loan for the remainder of the costs of the project, not exceeding one hundred per cent of the allowable water quality project costs.

(5) A municipality with a water pollution control project, the construction of which began on or after July 1, 2003, which has (A) a population of five thousand or less, or (B) a population of greater than five thousand which has a discrete area containing a population of less than five thousand that is not contiguous with the existing sewerage system, shall be eligible to receive a grant in the amount of twenty-five per cent of the design and construction phase of eligible project costs, and a loan for the remainder of the costs of the project, not exceeding one hundred per cent of the eligible water quality project costs.

(6) Any other eligible water quality project shall receive (A) a project grant of twenty per cent of the eligible cost, and (B) a loan for the remainder of the costs of the project, not exceeding one hundred per cent of the eligible project cost.

(7) Project agreements to fund eligible project costs with grants from the Clean Water Fund that were executed during or after the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2003, shall not be reduced according to the provisions of the regulations adopted under section 22a-482.

(8) On or after July 1, 2002, an eligible water quality project that exclusively addresses sewer collection and conveyance system improvements may receive a loan for one hundred per cent of the eligible costs provided such project does not receive a project grant. Any such sewer collection and conveyance system improvement project shall be rated, ranked, and funded separately from other water pollution control projects and shall be considered only if it is highly consistent with the state's conservation and development plan, or is primarily needed as the most cost effective solution to an existing area-wide pollution problem and incorporates minimal capacity for growth.

(9) All loans made in accordance with the provisions of this section for an eligible water quality project shall bear an interest rate of two per cent per annum. The commissioner may allow any project fund obligation, grant account loan obligation or interim funding obligation for an eligible water quality project to be repaid by a borrowing municipality prior to maturity without penalty. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

Sec. 2

October 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 3

from passage

22a-478(c)