New "Significant Environmental Hazard" Law Takes Effect
Connecticut law, Conn. Gen. Stat. section 22a-6u, requires that an environmental professional that discovers certain "significant environmental hazards" during a site investigation report those to his or her client, and to the property owner, who is generally required to report them to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Amendments to the law that change the threshold of what constitutes an "environmental hazard," and when such hazards require reporting, went into effect July 1, 2015. The new requirements only apply to those conditions discovered after July 1, 2015.
Important changes include:
The changes to the law also include a number of new "self-implementing" means of confirming or abating the identified hazard.
The new law can be found here. The CTDEEP's Significant Hazard webpage includes the forms for notification, guidance documents; updated FAQs and a fact sheet are coming soon.
For more information, contact Pamela Elkow at (203) 252-2672 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Anne Peters at (203) 784-2647 or email@example.com.