OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 941

AN ACT DELAYING IMPLEMENTATION OF CERTAIN STANDARDS AND SAMPLING REQUIREMENTS UPON THE DETECTION OF POLLUTANTS CAUSING CONTAMINATION OF SOIL, GROUNDWATER OR PUBLIC OR PRIVATE DRINKING WATER WELLS.

SUMMARY:

This bill extends, by one year, from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016, the date by which certain notice and reporting requirements on environmental contamination take effect. PA 13-308, sections 31 and 32, required them to take effect July 1, 2015.

Among other things, the act expanded some of the requirements for providing notice about the contamination, changed some notification deadlines, and imposed new mitigation and reporting requirements (see BACKGROUND). These changes affected contamination found in:

1. drinking water, regardless of whether the contamination exceeds or is below the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's (DEEP) groundwater protection criteria;

2. groundwater and surface water; and

3. soil within two feet of the ground surface.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2016, except the provision setting the date for PA 13-308's changes to the environment notice and reporting requirements takes effect June 30, 2015.

BACKGROUND

Notification and Reporting Requirements (CGS 22a-6u)

The notification and reporting requirements set to take effect on July 1, 2015 are part of a framework and process the law establishes for notifying DEEP and other parties about specific types of environmental hazards. Together they consist of contamination thresholds triggering notice, parties required to give or receive notice, deadlines for notification, and the actions certain parties must take when notifying and reporting. The thresholds are based on the extent to which a contaminant is concentrated in soil or water and whether the concentration exceeds a standard for that contaminant.

Notifications are triggered when a technical environmental professional or property owner finds contamination threatening the public welfare and environment. The deadline for providing notice and reporting requirements varies depending on the hazard.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

21

Nay

8

(03/11/2015)