OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5356

AN ACT CONCERNING EMERGENCY ACTION PLANS FOR DAMS.

SUMMARY

By law and regulation, an owner of a high or significant hazard dam or similar structure must have an emergency action plan and update it at least every two years or when a significant change occurs (CGS 22a-411a, Conn. Agencies Regs. 22a-411a-2(a)). This bill allows an owner to update the plan by amending only the parts that changed, rather than by providing a new, complete plan.

By law, copies of the original plans and updates to them must be filed with the (1) energy and environmental protection commissioner and (2) chief executive officer of any municipality that could be affected in an emergency.

By regulation, a high hazard dam is one whose failure would result in probable loss of life, damage to major utilities and roadways, or great economic loss. A significant hazard dam is one whose failure would result in possible loss of life, damage to local utilities and roads, or significant economic loss (Conn. Agency Regs. 22a-409-2(a)).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

29

Nay

0

(03/22/2018)