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CT DEEP Renews Construction Permit Through Sept. 30, 2013

October 8, 2012

The Environmental Practice Group at Murtha Cullina wants you to be aware that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection ("DEEP") has renewed the General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater and Dewatering Wastewaters from Construction Activities ("Construction Permit"), without modification, for the period of October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Registration of projects currently authorized by the Construction Permit is not required.

The Construction Permit requires that developers and builders develop "stormwater management plans" designed to prevent soil and sediments on construction sites from migrating into nearby streams and water bodies. The Construction Permit applies to all discharges of stormwater and dewatering wastewater from the disturbance of one or more total acres of land in connection with construction activities. For larger development plans (e.g. subdivisions), the acreage of disturbance includes, but is not limited to, road and utility construction, individual lot construction, and all other construction associated with the overall plan. Registration with DEEP for authorization of discharges is required for projects with a total disturbed area of greater than five acres. Although no registration is required for projects with a disturbed area of between one and five acres, the permittee must agree to adhere to the erosion and sediment control land use regulations of the town where the project is located, as well as receive town review and written approval of erosion and sediment control measures. In the event that no review is conducted by the town, the permittee must register with DEEP and comply with Section 6 of the Construction Permit.

The current Construction Permit was set to expire on September 30, 2012. Although a public hearing addressing a proposed modification to the Construction Permit was held, the modified permit has not yet been issued pending resolution of a number of issues with stakeholders. The renewal was noticed to prevent a lapse in coverage. The Construction Permit is available at

If you would like more information concerning the Construction Permit, please contact:
Gregory Sharp at

or any of the other members of Murtha Cullina’s Environmental Practice Group.

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