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Gayle Slossberg

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Representing Milford, Orange, West Haven & Woodbridge

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February 29, 2012

Slossberg Hails Passage of Bill to Restore Local Oversight Over Solid Waste Facilities

Legislation reaffirms municipal authority to regulate facilities through local zoning process

In a move that will protect both the environment and the health safety of residents all over Connecticut, State Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) today voted in favor of legislation that will restore municipal oversight over solid waste facilities.

The bill, which was approved by the Senate today, fixes an error in the state law that effectively eliminated local control over solid waste facilities. Closing the loophole will ensure that towns and cities across Connecticut have the power to regulate solid waste facilities within their borders, thus better protecting their citizens and their natural resources.

“Municipalities must have oversight over solid waste facilities that exist within their borders,” Senator Slossberg said. “This bill closes a major loophole in a law that took that power away from local authorities and unintentionally put people and natural resources in harm’s way. The law and the policy of our state has always been that municipalities have the authority to regulate solid waste facilities through local zoning regulations. Today’s action reaffirms that authority.”

With this legislation, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection maintains permitting power for such facilities, but local control is restored so that municipalities rightly have the authority to regulate solid waste projects. A 2006 change to the state statute inadvertently deleted language that gave municipalities local regulatory authority on such projects.

State Representatives Paul Davis (D-Orange), Kim Rose (D-Milford), and Richard Roy (D-Milford) have joined Slossberg in pushing for passage of this important legislation. The bill was approved last week in the House.

 

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