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  • Connecticut Remediation Programs Elsie Patton Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
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  • Overview Introduction Investigation Remediation Standards Final Approval Covenant Not to Sue State Funding
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  • Introduction Elements of a successful Brownfield remediation project: Environmental conditions are clearly identified early in the redevelopment process Remedial actions to address environmental contamination are combined with the redevelopment of a site Potential for revisiting remedial actions is minimized
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  • The Investigation Phase Comprehensive and thorough investigation: Reduce long term liability Provide more and better options for remediation Follow DEP Site Characterization Guidance Document Develop a Conceptual Site Model Communicate with DEP
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  • The Investigation Phase Potential Funding for Investigations Targeted Brownfield Assessments Special Contaminated Property Remediation and Insurance Fund
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  • The Remediation Phase Remediation Standard Regulations (RSRs) Provide clear standards that allow remedial actions and costs to be quantified and budgeted Allow remedial actions to be conducted simultaneously with redevelopment
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  • The Remediation Phase The RSRs are risk-based and provide Default criteria depending on the future land use and ground water classification Alternative criteria and circumstances where criteria do not apply Case by case approval by Commissioner for variances and exceptions
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  • Final Approval Three programs to obtain a final approval that no further remediation is necessary: The Property Transfer Program (Section 22a- 134) Two Voluntary Remediation Programs (Sections 22a-133x and 22A-133y) Participation in these programs can also address concerns about federal liability
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  • Final Approval The Property Transfer Act If hazardous waste was generated, stored or disposed after 1980, then any change of ownership triggers a requirement to investigate and remediate pollution DEP may defer approval to Licensed Environmental Professionals Changes in 1995 make process for compliance with the Act simpler
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  • Final Approval Voluntary Program Under 22a-133x Similar process to Transfer Act but voluntary approval can be delegated to LEP remedial action plan must be public noticed Program can be used for any establishment under the Transfer Act or any site in a GA ground water classification
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  • Final Approval Voluntary Program under Section 22a-133y Process is entirely conducted by a LEP Little or no DEP input unless LEPs final approval is audited Process is available to any site in GB ground water classification
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  • The LEP Program LEPs are: Experienced and qualified private sector environmental professionals Authorized to approve investigations and remedial actions in the Commissioners stead
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  • Covenants Not to Sue A Covenant Not to Sue is an assurance that, once a site is remediated in accordance with RSRs, DEP will not require further remediation Two types of Covenants Section 22a-133aa covenant (Type A) Section 22a-133bb covenant (Type B)
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  • Covenants Not to Sue Type A Covenant An assurance that no further remediation will be required even if: pollution that was not previously identified is found standards change Can not be granted to the polluter Can extend to future owners and lenders Requires DEP final approval and fee
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  • Covenants Not to Sue Type B Covenant Assures current owner that no further remedial action will be required if the standards change Cannot be granted to the polluter Cannot be extended to future owners Can be granted based on LEP approval No fee
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  • State Funding for Remediation Urban Site Remedial Action Program State Superfund Dry Cleaners Fund (Administered by DECD)