OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5381

AN ACT CONCERNING REGULATORY AUTHORITY FOR WASTEWATER PERMITTING PROGRAMS.

SUMMARY:

This bill allows, rather than requires, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) commissioner to adopt regulations exempting categories of wastewater discharge, beyond those the law already allows the commissioner to exempt, from the requirement that certain plans and specifications be submitted with discharge permit applications.

The law already allows the commissioner to exempt discharges that:

1. come from a new system that is substantially the same as the current one, if the current one is operating in compliance with a DEEP permit;

2. are described in a general permit;

3. come from a system the commissioner determines is not designed to treat toxic or hazardous substances; or

4. he determines are unlikely to cause substantial pollution and therefore exempt from public notice before acting on an application.

Current law requires the commissioner to adopt the regulations by February 1, 2015, but none have been adopted. These regulations may (1) set minimum standards for designing and operating a discharge treatment system and (2) impose reporting requirements.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

29

Nay

0

(03/11/2016)