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Connecticut Laws | Title 22a Environmental Protection
Sec. 22a-410. (Formerly Sec. 25-119). Chapter not to limit power of other authority.

Sec. 22a-410. (Formerly Sec. 25-119). Chapter not to limit power of other authority. (3562)(Text)

This chapter shall not be construed to prevent any other state authority from carrying out its legal duties. (3563)

Sec. 22a-411. General permits for minor activities. Procedures. Individual permits. Notice. Regulations. (3564)(Text)

(a) The commissioner may issue a general permit for any minor activity regulated under sections 22a-401 to 22a-410, inclusive, except for any activity covered by an individual permit, if the commissioner determines that such activity would cause minimal environmental effects when conducted separately and would cause only minimal cumulative environmental effects. Such activities may include routine maintenance and routine repair of any dam, dike, reservoir or other similar structure. Any person conducting an activity for which a general permit has been issued shall not be required to obtain an individual permit under sections 22a-36 to 22a-45a, inclusive, or section 22a-342, 22a-368 or 22a-403, except as provided in subsection (c) of this section. A general permit shall clearly define the activity covered thereby and may include such conditions and requirements as the commissioner deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, management practices and verification and reporting requirements. The general permit may require any person conducting any activity under the general permit to report, on a form prescribed by the commissioner, such activity to the commissioner before it shall be covered by the general permit. The commissioner shall prepare, and shall annually amend, a list of holders of general permits under this section, which list shall be made available to the public. (3565)

(b) Notwithstanding any other procedures specified in said sections 22a-401 to 22a-410, inclusive, any regulation adopted thereunder, and chapter 54, the commissioner may issue, revoke, suspend or modify a general permit in accordance with the following procedures: (1) The commissioner shall publish in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the affected area or areas notice of intent to issue a general permit; (2) the commissioner shall allow a comment period of thirty days following publication of such notice during which interested persons may submit written comments to the commissioner and the commissioner shall hold a public hearing if, within said comment period, he receives a petition signed by at least twenty-five persons; (3) the commissioner may not issue the general permit until after the comment period; and (4) the commissioner shall publish notice of any issued permit in a newspaper having substantial circulation in the affected area or areas. Any person may request that the commissioner issue, modify or revoke a general permit in accordance with the provisions of this subsection. (3566)

(c) Subsequent to the issuance of a general permit, the commissioner may require any person to obtain an individual permit under the provisions of said sections 22a-401 to 22a-410, inclusive, for all or any portion of the activities covered by the general permit, if in the commissioner's judgment the purposes and policies of said sections would be best served by requiring an application for an individual permit. The commissioner may require an individual permit under this subsection only if the affected person has been notified in writing that an individual permit is required. The notice shall include a brief statement of the reasons for the decision and a statement that upon the date of issuance of such notice the general permit as it applies to the individual activity will terminate. (3567)

(d) Any general permit issued under this section shall require that any person intending to conduct an activity covered by such general permit shall, at least sixty days before initiating such activity, give written notice of such intention to the inland wetlands agency, zoning commission, planning commission or combined planning and zoning commission, and conservation commission of any municipality which will or may be affected by such activity, and to the department which shall make such notices available to the public. The general permit shall specify the information which must be contained in the notice. An inland wetlands agency, planning and zoning commission, conservation commission or any person may submit written comments to the commissioner concerning such activity no later than twenty-five days before the date that the activity is proposed to begin. (3568)

(e) The commissioner may adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to carry out the purposes of this section. (3569)

Secs. 22a-412 to 22a-415. (3570)(Text)

Reserved for future use. (3571)


Sec. 22a-416. (Formerly Sec. 25-26). Pollution of waterways. Qualifications of operators. Delegation of authority. (3573)(Text)

(a) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall examine all existing or proposed disposal systems, and shall compel their operation in a manner which shall conserve and protect the natural resources and environment of Connecticut and protect the public health, safety and welfare. (3574)

(b) No disposal system shall be built or operated until the plan or design of the same and the method of operation thereof have been filed with said commissioner and approved by him, and no such system or facility shall be extended or replaced, until the plan for the same has been approved by him. This subsection shall not apply to any disposal system treating a discharge for which a permit has been issued under section 22a-430 or 22a-430b. (3575)

(c) The commissioner may, by regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, delegate to municipalities or regional sewer authorities the authority to review and approve plans and specifications for the design and construction of sanitary sewers. Such regulations may include, but not be limited to, provisions for (1) minimum design and construction requirements, (2) the retention of such authority by the commissioner for certain types of facilities or environmentally sensitive areas, and (3) the identity of municipalities and regional sewer authorities to which such authority is delegated. (3576)

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