The 2015 regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly ended at midnight June 3 without passage of Senate Bill 941. As previously reported in our Connecticut Law Tribune article "Debate Continues Over Environmental Hazard Statute," Senate Bill 941 proposed a one-year extension of the July 1 effective date for certain revisions to Connecticut's Significant Environmental Hazard (SEH) statute, Conn. Gen. Stat. § 22a-6u. The bill reached the Senate calendar, but ultimately failed since no action was taken before the close of the regular session.
Since there will be no extension of the effective date, significant amendments to the SEH statute, originally enacted in 2013 pursuant to Public Act No. 13-308, will go into effect July 1. These amendments include lowered thresholds for triggering a property owner's obligation to notify the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) of significant environmental hazards as defined in § 22a-6u.
The lowering of SEH notification thresholds creates a real potential for increased SEH notifications. The DEEP opposed Senate Bill 941. It is uncertain how the DEEP, with a current backlog of open SEH notifications and limited internal resources, will manage and timely respond to these notifications. By statute, the DEEP's response includes the issuance of a certificate of compliance to close out a SEH notification.
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On June 2, at the CBIA's 2022 Energy & Environment Conference, Day Pitney Environmental and Land Use partner Harold Blinderman is moderating the panel, "A New Release-Based Clean-Up Program: Status, Process & Next Steps," and Elizabeth C. Barton, partner and Chair of the Environmental practice, is a panelist, along with speakers from CT DEEP's Environmental Quality Branch and Water Protection and Land Use division and BL Companies.
On May 18, Day Pitney New Jersey Real Estate Partner Peter Wolfson was a panelist on the "P3 Partnerships: A Path for Progressive Development," panel at a CoreNet NJ event.
Day Pitney is sponsoring the upcoming New England Energy Conference and Exposition (NEECE), which is being held on May 17-18 at the AC Hotel by Marriott in Worcester, MA.
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Day Pitney Hartford Attorney Ashley Membrino has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Hartford County Bar Association (HCBA).
Day Pitney Environmental Partner Todd Terhune was featured by Law360 Pulse in a Q&A article discussing his arrival to the firm and his position as Vice Chair of the Environmental practice.
Environmental partner Todd Terhune's arrival to Day Pitney was featured in Real Estate NJ article, "Day Pitney Adds Terhune as Partner, Vice Chair of Environmental Team."
Todd Terhune's arrival to the firm was profiled in the Law360 article titled, "Day Pitney Adds Environmental Group Vice Chair in NJ."