OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-237

AN ACT PROHIBITING THE STORAGE OR DISPOSAL OF FRACKING WASTE IN CONNECTICUT.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Judicial Dept.1

GF - Revenue Gain

Potential

Potential

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

GF - Cost

55,000

56,650

Comptroller

GF - Cost

20,163

20,768

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill prohibits anyone from storing or disposing of fracking waste as defined by the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). It also requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to establish regulations and a schedule of penalties for violations.

To administer enforcement of the prohibition and to prepare the regulations and schedule of penalties, DEEP would require a new position, an Environmental Analyst II (EA II). The starting salary for an EA II is approximately $55,000. The FY 15 cost would be $75,163 and the FY 16 cost would be $77,418, including fringe benefits.2

The bill may also result in a revenue gain as it requires DEEP to establish a schedule of penalties. It is anticipated that violations will be established at up to $25,000 per day, per violation.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation and the number of violations.

1 Statutory violations are subject to Infractions Bureau procedures which allow the accused to pay the fine by mail without making a court appearance.

2 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 36.66% of payroll in FY 15 and FY 16.