DEEP to Update Spill Regulations

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is undertaking a process to develop and promulgate regulations for the reporting of releases pursuant to Connecticut General Statute (CGS) sec. 22a-450. These Release Reporting Regulations are required by CGS 22a-450(c). As part of that development process, DEEP will be holding a stakeholder engagement for interested parties to provide input on the concepts for these regulations.

Advancing these regulations is a priority (Goal #20) of DEEP’s 20 BY 20 initiative, which establishes twenty process improvement initiatives aimed at improving the transparency, predictability, and efficiency of DEEP’s regulatory processes. DEEP also believes that transitioning to a release-based framework for regulating cleanups of contaminated properties will benefit the State’s economy and environment. DEEP hopes to engage stakeholders on an approach to spill regulations that focuses on new releases within existing authority, in a manner that will be compatible with and supportive of a release-based framework should the General Assembly enact legislation authorizing such a framework in the future.

DEEP has been attempting to revise the state spill regulations for more than a decade. CEMA has raised a number of issues concerning past revisions that were onerous and overreaching. CEMA is looking to work with DEEP to draft simple and transparent regulations that give our members absolute clarity that is not overly burdensome.

A presentation and opportunity for public input will be provided on July 20, 2020 at 11:00am. You can register to participate via ZOOM at the link below. The presentation will be followed by a comment period ending at 4:00 on August 20, 2020.

To register for this meeting go to https://ctdeep.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tceiqqT8uG9wGzUmkhbgkuMJAm7k3DQG2. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from DEEP containing information about joining the meeting.