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February 13, 2020

Updates to the General Permit for the
Discharge of Stormwater and Dewatering Wastewaters
from Construction Activities.

A draft of the General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater and Dewatering Wastewaters from Construction Activities was out for public comment in early January and contains special conditions for Solar Arrays (click here for a link to the notice).

Comments are due Tuesday February 18th. We don’t want to miss this opportunity to ensure that our valuable and necessary renewable energy projects do not continue to cause unintended environmental harm. Particularly in the realm of water quality.

Rivers Alliance has submitted comments on the permit (click here to download our comments) and we hope you will weigh in as well if only to reinforce the need to include special conditions for solar arrays due to the fact that: 

“... [t]he large amount of impervious surface inherent in the construction of large-scale solar arrays is unlike most other construction activities regulated under the General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater and Dewatering Wastewaters from Construction Activities and entails challenges not encountered in traditional development projects.”

     (From the January 8, 2020 Guidance Regarding Solar Arrays by DEEP).

You may submit comments via email to chris.stone@ct.gov or postal mail to Christopher Stone, P.E.,Water Permitting and Enforcement Division, Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Rivers Alliance comments on updates to DEEP’s Construction Stormwater Permit

Comments referenced in Rivers Alliance’s comments:

Trout Unlimited comments
Steve Trinkaus comments