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Connecticut Department of Transportation, Norwalk

Notice of Tentative Determination to Approve Structures, Dredging & Fill and Tidal Wetlands & Water Quality Certificate And Intent to Waive Public Hearing

Applicant: CT DOT
Application No. 201909990-SDF TW WQC
City: Norwalk

The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (“DEEP”) hereby gives notice that a tentative determination has been reached to approve the following application submitted under Section 401 of the Federal Clean Water Act, as amended for a Water Quality Certificate and Sections 22a-28 and 22a-361 of the Connecticut General Statutes (“CGS”) for a permit to conduct work waterward of the coastal jurisdiction line in tidal, coastal or navigable waters of the state and in tidal wetlands for infrastructure improvements.The Commissioner also gives notice of intent to waive the requirement for public hearing pursuant to CGS Section 22a-32 and that the Commissioner shall hold a hearing on receipt of a petition signed by twenty-five (25) or more persons pursuant to CGS Sections 22a-32 and 22a-361(b). The Commissioner also gives notice that a hearing may be held on this application if a written request is received from the applicant, or if the Commissioner determines that the public interest will best be served thereby.

Applicant’s Name and Address:  Connecticut Department of Transportation, c/o Kevin Carifa, Assistant Transportation Director, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131

Contact:  Chris Brown, HNTB Corporation, 913-221-3327, cbrown@hntb.com

Site Location:  Bridge No. 04288R over the Norwalk River, Norwalk  

PROPOSED ACTIVITY

The proposed activity includes the removal of an existing railroad bridge and the construction of a new railroad bridge and will affect aquatic and coastal resources and tidal wetlands.

INFORMATION REQUESTS/PUBLIC COMMENT

Interested persons may obtain a copy of the application from the above contacts or by sending a request for an electronic copy to DEEP at micheal.grzywinski@ct.gov.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the DEEP office located at 79 Elm Street, Hartford, is closed to the public until further notice.  All interested parties are invited to express their views on the tentative determination concerning this application.  All interested parties are invited to express their views on the tentative determination concerning this application.  Comments regarding this application may be submitted via electronic mail to: micheal.grzywinski@ct.gov no later than forty (40) days from the publication date of this notice.

PETITIONS FOR HEARING

Petitions for a hearing shall be submitted within forty (40) days from the date of publication of this public notice and should include the application number noted above and also identify a contact person to receive notifications.  Petitions should also identify a person who is authorized to engage in discussions regarding the application and, if resolution is reached, withdraw the petition.  In order to facilitate the filing of requests for hearing during the COVID-19 emergency and consistent with the Department’s Temporary Directive, the Office of Adjudications will accept electronically-filed petitions in addition to petitions submitted by mail.  Petitions with required signatures may be filed by email to the Office of Adjudications at deep.adjudications@ct.gov.or mailed to the DEEP Office of Adjudications, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106. Within thirty (30) days of filing the petition, original petitions that were filed electronically must be also be mailed to the Office at the above-noted address. If the original petition exists only in electronic format or signatures were produced using a computer or typewriter, the petition must be submitted with a statement bearing the wet-ink signature of the petitioner that the petition is only available in that format and has been submitted to satisfy the requirement that an original petition be filed. If a hearing is held, timely notice of such hearing will be published in a newspaper of general circulation and posted on the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep. Additional information at www.ct.gov/deep/adjudications.

Published in The Hour on November 15, 2021

ADA PUBLICATION STATEMENT

DEEP is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to complying with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Please contact micheal.grzywinski@ct.gov if you are seeking a communication aid or service, have limited proficiency in English, or require some other accommodation.  If you wish to file an ADA or Title VI discrimination complaint, you may submit your complaint to the DEEP Office of Diversity and Equity at 860-418-5910 or deep.accommodations@ct.govIn order to facilitate efforts to provide an accommodation, please request all accommodations as soon as possible following notice of any agency hearing, meeting, program or event.

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