The Environment Committee has taken some positive steps to help Connecticut’s economy without sacrificing environmental standards.
SB 941 is an important measure that will allow the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to meet its commitment to adopt new regulations for environmental spills and cleanup requirements at the same time stricter legislative reporting requirements become effective.
The bill still needs modification to align all the compliance and implementation dates in the current statute.
And HB 6830 gives the Department of Economic and Community Development greater flexibility with grant and loan programs designed to revitalize contaminated and abandoned brownfields throughout the state.
Unfortunately, the committee failed to approve a measure (HB 5406) that would have allowed hundreds of industrial facilities to save money and, at the same time, reduce risk to the environment from loading, transporting and unloading drums.
However, at a public hearing on the bill, DEEP commissioner Robert Klee said he would be willing to discuss these concepts further.