August 2, 2012
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to Hold Public Hearing Concerning Establishment of Quarantine on New Haven County in Response to the Detection of Emerald Ash Borer in Connecticut
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday August 8, 2012 at 7:00 PM in Prospect. The hearing will be held at the Prospect Firehouse, 26 New Haven Road (Route 69) in Prospect. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss establishment of a quarantine on New Haven County and the current status of the emerald ash borer in the state.
The Director of the CAES intends to impose a quarantine on all of New Haven County in response to the detection of the Emerald ash borer in Prospect, Bethany, Naugatuck, and Beacon Falls. The quarantine will regulate any movement of ash logs, ash materials, ash nursery stock, and hardwood firewood from within New Haven County to any area outside of New Haven County and will parallel a future federal quarantine. The director is authorized to impose a quarantine by General Statutes § 22-84 and Reg., Conn. State Agencies § 22-84-5e. Before a quarantine goes into effect, a public hearing is required. In addition to the CAES director and his staff, representatives from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Forestry Division will be in attendance to help answer any questions regarding the quarantine and the Emerald ash borer detection. Federal partners from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service may also be in attendance.
During the hearing, the director will explain the need for the quarantine, the restrictions associated with it, and the plan to implement and enforce those restrictions. After the director’s presentation he will listen to comments from members of the public. Written and oral comments from the public will be accepted.