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General Assembly

File No. 236

    February Session, 2016

House Bill No. 5381

House of Representatives, March 29, 2016

The Committee on Environment reported through REP. ALBIS of the 99th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING REGULATORY AUTHORITY FOR WASTEWATER PERMITTING PROGRAMS.

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

Section 1. Subsection (j) of section 22a-430 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(j) (1) The commissioner may exempt persons who or municipalities which apply for permits for the following discharges from the requirement to submit plans and specifications under subsection (b) of this section:

(A) A discharge from a new treatment or disposal system which system is substantially the same as a system that the applicant is operating in compliance with a permit for said system issued by the commissioner;

(B) The discharge is described in a general permit issued by the commissioner pursuant to section 22a-430b;

(C) The discharge is from a system, the purpose of which, as determined by the commissioner, is not to treat any toxic or hazardous substances; or

(D) The discharge is exempt from public notice under subsection (b) of this section and regulations adopted thereunder.

(2) The commissioner [shall] may adopt regulations, [not later than February 1, 2015,] in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to establish other categories of discharges which may be exempted from the requirement to submit plans and specifications under subsection (b) of this section. Such regulations may include, but not be limited to, the following: (A) Minimum standards for the design and operation of treatment systems for such discharges; and (B) requirements for submission of information concerning such discharges.

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

Section 1

from passage

22a-430(j)

ENV

Joint Favorable

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill eliminates a requirement that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) establish regulations for certain categories of wastewater discharge.

As DEEP currently issues general permits for certain categories of wastewater discharges in lieu of drafting regulations, there is no fiscal impact associated with waiving this requirement.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

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:

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)

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