2007 - DEP Proposed Legislation
Raised S.B. No. 1091 AN ACT CONCERNING DAM SAFETY
To protect the public by allowing municipal officials to enter private property to inspect dams, to require owners of dams to repair and maintain unsafe dams, to require notice to be recorded on land records when property ownership is transferred for property containing high or significant hazard dams and to require individual permits for the construction of dams.
Raised H.B. No. 7184AN ACT CONCERNING BOATING SAFETY
To expand the scope of and streamline abandoned vessel statutes, to specify hearing and appeal procedures regarding abandoned vessels, to amend boating statutes to incorporate by reference federal safety, navigational, lighting and equipment requirements, to specify procedures to be followed in cases of boating collisions and accidents, to hold a person in control of a boat or personal watercraft responsible for permitting a person under sixteen years of age to operate a boat or personal watercraft without a safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation, to authorize the Department of Environmental Protection to penalize persons teaching unapproved boating courses, to define the term "boat livery" and place certain restrictions on persons who rent and persons who operate rental boats and to update state law to coincide with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirements regarding safety controls and warning devices on approaches to dams on the Housatonic River.
Raised H.B. No. 7123AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CONNECTICUT ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS RECYCLING AUTHORITY.
To establish the Connecticut Electronic Products Recycling Authority to establish and implement a program for the collection and recycling of electronic waste.
AN ACT CONCERNING UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS, DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS, INLAND WETLANDS AGENCIES, AQUACULTURE STRUCTURES AND SAND REMOVAL.
To make new requirements for the installation or repair of underground storage tanks, to create a demonstration project license, to permit the commissioner to provide potable water to child care, health care or elder care facilities, to prohibit any new authorization for a planning and zoning board to serve as a municipal inland wetlands agency, to allow the commissioner to waive payment for the removal of state-owned sand and gravel, and to repeal the exemption for certain aquaculture structures from the coastal structures, dredging and fill permit program.
To provide the Department of Environmental Protection regulatory authority over all aspects of ionizing radiation and radioactive material, except nuclear power plants operations.
Raised S.B. No. 1223 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REQUESTING OF INFORMATION, THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION STATUTES AND PROHIBITING MOTOR VEHICLE IDLING.
To allow the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to require any person to furnish information or documentation in furtherance of the provisions of title 22a of the general statutes, to make the criminal penalties for failing to maintain or destroying information concerning air, water, solid and hazardous waste violations consistent, and to make the idling of a motor vehicle an infraction.
To prohibit public disclosure of residential addresses of Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Conservation officers and patrolmen, to authorize such officers and patrolmen to administer oaths and to permit similar contracting authority for such officers as currently exists for state police officers.
Raised S.B. No. 1224AN ACT CONCERNING LICENSED ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS.
To authorize sanctions other than revocation or suspension of a licensed environmental professional (LEP) license, to dispense with the requirement that the commissioner respond in writing when delegating authority for site remediation to a LEP, to require verification that the investigation was done in accordance with prevailing standards and to require that LEP verification be done on a form prescribed by the commissioner.
Raised H.B. No. 7124 AN ACT CONCERNING NATURAL RESOURCE PROGRAMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
To change the method of marking fishing nets, to eliminate newspaper notification of fishing regulations, to establish a marine sport fishing license and impose a license fee for recreational anglers fishing in the marine district, to change fishing license expiration dates, to provide reciprocity with New York and New England states and to change references to the taking of bait species to conform to the new marine sport fishing license requirements.
Summary of proposed "All Water" fishing license structure (PDF)
AN ACT CONCERNING THE AQUIFER PROTECTION AREA PROGRAM.
To clarify the provisions regarding the mapping of field wells, to give municipalities the authority to assess fines for violations of aquifer protection area regulations, and to clarify the Department of Environmental Protection's regulatory and enforcement authority in aquifer protection areas.