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House Bill No. 6528

Public Act No. 13-202

AN ACT CONCERNING CLEAN MARINAS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2013) (a) As used in this section, (1) "certified clean marina" means a facility committed to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's voluntary clean marina program and engaged in efforts to operate at standards exceeding regulatory compliance, as prescribed by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, including, but not limited to, implementing practices that minimize pollution from mechanical activities, cleaning, painting and fiberglass repair, hauling and storing boats, fueling and facility management, and (2) "eligible project" means any portion of a sediment, dredging or dredge disposal activity for which all necessary permits and certifications have been obtained and that complies with the provisions of section 13b-55a or 13b-57 of the general statutes, as amended by this act.

(b) An eligible project proposed by a certified clean marina shall receive priority ranking for grants-in-aid awarded pursuant to section 13b-55a or 13b-57 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and shall qualify for an additional grant under either of said sections in an amount equal to ten per cent of the costs of the project.

(c) A certified clean marina shall remain eligible for priority ranking pursuant to subsection (b) of this section for up to five years after the effective date of this section or the date of such marina's most recent certification, whichever is later.

Sec. 2. Section 13b-57 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2013):

The state, acting by and in the discretion of the Commissioner of Transportation, may enter into a contract with a municipality, [acting by its harbor improvement agency] or any federal or state agency acting on behalf of such municipality, for state financial assistance in the form of a state grant-in-aid for a harbor improvement project pursuant to [a harbor improvement plan] section 13b-55a, provided such project is approved by the Commissioner of Transportation. [in the form of a state grant-in-aid. ] Any such application for state financial assistance under this section shall be submitted by the Commissioner of Transportation to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection for his review. Said Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall submit a written report to the Commissioner of Transportation, setting forth his findings regarding such application.

Approved June 25, 2013