Remediation Stewardship Permits
An Environmental Permitting Fact Sheet
Program OverviewThe Remediation Division of the Water Protection and Land Reuse Bureau administers Remediation Stewardship Permits. The permit regulates the environmental investigation ("closure and corrective action"), remediation, and long-term stewardship obligations of facilities regulated by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. This includes closure and post-closure care of hazardous waste management units such as closed hazardous waste disposal facilities and closed surface impoundments. Authorized activities include the completion of environmental investigation and cleanup activities, the maintenance of financial assurance, post-remediation groundwater monitoring, the maintenance of an engineered control or institutional control. This permit does not authorize the commercial receipt of wastes generated off-site, or the treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste.
Authorizing StatutesSection 22a-449(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS)
Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 (42 USC 6901 et seq.)
Sections 22a-449(c)-100 through 110 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies (RCSA)
Who Is Eligible?
Any person(s) owning or operating a facility under RCRA (i.e. has submitted a RCRA Part A Permit Application Form) that formerly treated, stored, or disposed of hazardous waste at the facility in Connecticut.
Permit Application for Stewardship Permit (DEP-STWD-APP-500)
In accordance with section 22a-454a CGS, the owner or operator of RCRA hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal facility shall submit an application fee of $4,000.00 with the application package.
In accordance with sections 22a-454b and 22a-454c(b) CGS the owner or operator of a RCRA hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal facility is subject to an annual fee of $2,690. Such fee is due no later than July 1 st of each year.
Review and Processing
Upon receipt of the application package, application fee, and the certified copy of the Notice of Application, a preliminary review of the application is conducted for sufficiency and general consistency with applicable standards and criteria.
A detailed technical review is then conducted to determine whether the proposal is consistent with regulatory requirements and whether the information adequately identifies closure requirements, post-closure care requirements, corrective action, and/or groundwater monitoring activities. Upon completion of this technical review, a draft permit is prepared and a tentative determination to grant or deny the permit application will be made by the Commissioner.
For RCRA hazardous waste facilities: The Notice of Tentative Determination will be published in the newspaper having substantial circulation in the area affected by the facility and broadcasted on the radio. There is a forty-five day comment period in which public comments will be solicited on the tentative determination and a public information meeting will be held within the town in which the facility is located.
In some cases, a public hearing may be held.
After the consideration of the public comments, and subsequent to the close of the hearing, the draft permit is revised where appropriate and the DEEP will issue a final decision on the permit application.
The applicant is responsible for publishing a Notice of Application when the application is submitted to the DEEP. Once this notice is published, the applicant must send a copy of the notice to the Chief Elected Official of the municipality in which the regulatory activity is proposed, and send a copy of the notice, along with the Certification of Notice Form – Notice of Application (DEP-APP-005A), to the DEEP.
The applicant is responsible for the cost of publishing the Notice of Tentative Determination in the newspaper and/or broadcasting the notice of the radio. In addition for RCRA hazardous waste facilities, the applicant must host a public informational meeting with the comment period to solicit comments.
DEEP may hold a formal public hearing on the application.
DEEP may require the applicant to post a sign on the site or to provide any other reasonable form of notice necessary to apprise the public and abutting landowners of the proposed activity.
Average Processing Time
The permit may be issued for up to 10 years.
Water Protection and Land Reuse Bureau
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
Fact Sheet DEEP-STWD-FS-500 rev.
Content Last Updated April 25, 2023