New Connecticut Law Regarding Wastes From Hydraulic Fracturing
The purpose of this notification is to make you aware of the passage of a new law prohibiting, among other things, the acceptance and treatment of wastes from hydraulic fracturing. As of July 1, 2014, Public Act 14-200 entitled "An Act Prohibiting the Storage and Disposal of Fracking Waste in Connecticut" prohibits the receipt, collection, storage, treatment, transfer or disposal of waste from hydraulic fracturing until such time as the Department adopts regulations. The regulations are to be submitted to the Legislative Regulation Review Committee no earlier than July 1, 2017 and no later than July 1, 2018.
‘Wastes from hydraulic fracturing’ are defined in the Public Act as “wastewater, wastewater solids, brine, sludge, drill cuttings or any other substance used for or generated secondarily to the purpose of hydraulic fracturing.” Note that this definition does not include wastes from other sources, such as wastes from the drilling or repair of drinking water wells or geothermal wells.
Please exercise diligence to ensure that your facility does not accept waste from hydraulic fracturing. Violations of Public Act 14-200 could result in an enforcement action and penalties.
If you have any questions regarding this new law, please contact Yvonne Bolton at 860-424-3629 or at Yvonne.Bolton@ct.gov
Content last updated July 2014