The CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) is continuing in its process of establishing a Release-Based Cleanup Program in Connecticut, to ultimately replace the Transfer Act. Click here to read about House Bill No. 7001.

A second round of topical subcommittees of the Working Group (established to advise DEEP regarding the development of regulations for the new remediation program), kicked off in December 2021 to review and provide recommendations on the following additional subjects:

• Modification of Clean-Up Standards for Lower-Risk Releases;

• Licensed Environmental Professional-Implemented Risk-Based Alternative Clean-Up Standards; and

• Clean-Up Completion Documentation, Verification, and Audit Frequencies and Timeframes.

The new subcommittees have now released formal “concept papers” on these topics for review and comment. The papers (together with the papers from the first phase subcommittees) are available here, and develop key issues and make recommendations to the Working Group to inform the regulation drafting.

The deadline to submit comments to DEEP by e-mail at is May 9, 2022.

If you would like additional information or need advice about the State’s ongoing new program development, please contact:

Deborah R. Brancato

Deborah practices in the areas of environmental, real estate, and land use law, with a focus on assisting clients to understand, manage, and limit environmental risks associated with property and business transactions.

Deborah is an active participant in the State’s ongoing efforts to revamp Connecticut’s environmental regulatory framework, and served on one of the CT DEEP second phase subcommittees formed to assist the State with its development of a new release-based cleanup program, which will drastically change environmental compliance obligations in the State.

This information is for educational purposes only to provide general information and a general understanding of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not establish any attorney-client relationship.