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Connecticut Laws | Title 25 Water Resources. Flood And Erosion Control
Sec. 25-34. Investigation of water or ice supply.

(b) A copy of any such order shall be mailed to such owner or operator or such person or corporation by certified mail, return receipt requested. Within thirty days of the date of mailing, the recipient of the order may request a hearing to show why the findings in the order are not based on substantial evidence or that the order is an abuse of discretion. Upon receipt of such request the commissioner shall grant a hearing as soon thereafter as practicable or within ten business days if the order requires immediate compliance. The commissioner shall not grant any request for a hearing at any time thereafter. The order shall be effective on a date set by the commissioner but the recipient of the order may request a stay of such order pending the decision of the commissioner. Any hearing shall be deemed to be a contested case and held in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54. The request for a hearing shall be a condition precedent to an appeal under the provisions of section 25-36. (171)

Sec. 25-35. Enforcement agents. (172)(Text)

The Department of Public Health may employ agents and engineers to carry out the provisions of sections 25-32, 25-33 and 25-34, at such expense as may be approved by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management. (173)

Sec. 25-36. Orders of department; appeals; civil penalty. (174)(Text)

(a) Except as provided otherwise in this part, any person or corporation aggrieved by any order of the Department of Public Health made under the provisions of this part, may appeal therefrom in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183, except venue shall be in the judicial district in which the source of the water or ice supply is located. If such source is located in more than one judicial district, the appeal shall be taken to the court for that judicial district containing the part of such source nearest the mouth of the stream or river forming the main portion of the source of supply. If a water company is subject to such an order and such water company takes an appeal in accordance with this subsection, the water company shall provide notice of such appeal to the local director of health in the municipality or municipalities in which a violation occurred or that utilize such water, and such local director of health shall have the right to be heard in such appeal. Each order of the Department of Public Health issued under the foregoing provisions to any person or corporation shall specify the time within which such person or corporation shall comply with the terms thereof. If such person or corporation fails to comply with the terms of such order and no appeal is taken therefrom, the state's attorney for the judicial district of Hartford shall bring a complaint against such person or corporation to the superior court for said judicial district. (175)

(b) Except as provided otherwise in this part, upon the failure of any person or corporation to comply with any order made under the provisions of this part, the Attorney General, upon request of the Commissioner of Public Health, may bring an action in the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford to obtain enforcement of the order by the court. All actions brought by the Attorney General pursuant to the provisions of this section shall have precedence in the order of trial as provided in section 52-191. The court may issue such orders as are necessary to obtain compliance with the order of the department and shall impose a civil penalty not exceeding five thousand dollars per day commencing from the date compliance was ordered. (176)

Sec. 25-37. Penalties. (177)(Text)

Any individual, partnership, association, corporation, municipality, company or other entity violating any provision of sections 25-32 to 25-36, inclusive, or any order, standard or regulation issued thereunder shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars for each day such violation continues. (178)

Sec. 25-37a. Legislative finding and purpose. (179)(Text)

The General Assembly finds and declares that an adequate supply of pure water is and will always be essential for the health and safety and economic well-being of the state, that lands acquired for public water supply purposes are and will in the future be necessary to protect the public water supply notwithstanding the availability of water filtration plants; that some of such lands have been acquired by water companies having the power of eminent domain, that such lands are in imminent danger of being disposed of by water companies for residential and commercial development, that such lands constitute a significant portion of the remaining undeveloped and open space lands in close proximity to the urbanized areas of the state, and that it is in the public interest that there be established criteria for the orderly disposition of such lands. The General Assembly further finds and declares that in order to protect the purity and adequacy of the water supply the Department of Public Health should be directed to revise its procedure for the review of applications to sell water company land located on public drinking water supply watersheds, that the disposition of such land prior to the revision of application review procedures would jeopardize the public health and welfare, and that therefore the prohibition against sale or development of water company land located on the watershed should be extended for a period of three years from June 26, 1977. (180)

Sec. 25-37b. Definitions. (181)(Text)

As used in sections 25-32 and 25-37a to 25-37e, inclusive, "critical components of a stream belt" means (1) the watercourse of a defined stream including banks, beds and water; (2) land subject to stream overflow; (3) associated wetlands, and (4) shorelines of lakes and ponds associated with the stream. "First-order stream" means a stream which directly enters a reservoir; "purity and adequacy of public drinking water supply" means the quality and quantity of public drinking water as determined by the Commissioner of Public Health under subsection (d) of section 25-32; "water company" means any water company as defined in section 25-32a, and "commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health. (182)

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