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Committee Bill No. 5725

January Session, 2013

 

LCO No. 4681

 

*04681HB05725PD_*

Referred to Committee on PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

 

Introduced by:

 

(PD)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE-WIDE PHOSPHOROUS REDUCTION PLAN.

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

Section 1. Section 22a-428a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, or the commissioner's designee and the chief elected officials of the cities of Danbury, Meriden and Waterbury and the towns of Cheshire, Southington and Wallingford, and the chief elected official of any other municipality impacted by the state-wide strategy to reduce phosphorus, or such chief elected officials' designees, shall collaboratively evaluate and make recommendations regarding a state-wide strategy to reduce phosphorus loading in inland nontidal waters in order to comply with standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Such evaluation and recommendations shall include (1) a state-wide response to address phosphorus nonpoint source pollution, (2) approaches for municipalities to use in order to comply with standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for phosphorus, including guidance for treatment and potential plant upgrades, and (3) the proper scientific methods by which to measure current phosphorus levels in inland nontidal waters and to make future projections of phosphorus levels in such waters. The commissioner shall submit a report on or before January 1, 2014, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to municipalities and the environment. Such report shall set forth the recommendations required pursuant to subdivisions (1), (2) and (3) of this section and detail the collaborative effort through which such recommendations were reached.

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

Section 1

from passage

22a-428a

Statement of Purpose:

To require the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to submit a report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to municipalities and the environment concerning the status of collaborative meetings regarding a state-wide strategy to reduce phosphorus loading in inland nontidal waters.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors:

REP. FRITZ, 90th Dist.; SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

REP. CANDELORA, 86th Dist.; REP. ZONI, 81st Dist.

H.B. 5725