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Connecticut Port Authority, New London

Notice of Hearing

Applicant: Connecticut Port Authority
Application No. 201905859-SDF WQC TW
City: New London

On December 16, 2020, the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (“DEEP”) gave notice that a tentative determination had 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-32 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. The proposed activity includes site improvements, dredging, the installation of a sheet pile bulkhead between the existing Admiral Shear State Pier and the Central Vermont Railroad Pier, placement of the dredged material within this area located between the pier with additional placement of on-site upland soils for the creation of a central wharf to be used for marine commercial and industrial use.  The proposed activities will affect aquatic and coastal resources of the Thames River.   

Applicant’s Name and Address:  Connecticut Port Authority, c/o John Henshaw, 455 Boston Post Road, Suite 204, Old Saybrook, CT 06745

Contact:  Michael Garbolski, AECOM, Michael.garbolski@aecom.com, 860-263-5821 

Site Location:  200 State Pier Road, New London 

The Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection hereby gives notice that a public hearing is being held based upon a request made by the Applicant pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 22a-32 and 22a-361(b)(A).

PUBLIC HEARING LOCATION, DATE AND TIME

The portion of the hearing to receive public comment will be held using the Zoom virtual meeting platform on March 23, 2021 at 3:00 PM. Written public comments may be submitted to the hearing officer at brendan.schain@ct.gov and will be accepted until the close of business on March 26, 2021. To register for the public comment session on Zoom, go to: https://ctdeep.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FSd3ok_kTrCsajxj-gprmw

The hearing will then be continued for the collection of evidence on March 30, 2021 at 9:30 A.M. The evidentiary hearing will continue on March 31, April 6, and April 7, 2021, as needed. All hearing sessions will be held remotely using Zoom; and all hearing sessions will begin at 9:30 A.M. There is one zoom link to register to attend any/all days of the evidentiary hearing (you do not need to register for each individually): https://ctdeep.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bluOAtC-RFmSQY5j1LfTbw

These links are also available on the Department’s calendar, which is also a source of up to date information: www.ct.gov/deep/calendar.  

Interested persons may obtain a copy of the application and other relevant documents at https://statepiernewlondon.com/documents/ or may obtain more information by contacting Micheal Grzywinski of the Land and Water Resources Division 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.  

Members of the public should also refer to the DEEP Calendar of Events at www.ct.gov/deep/calendar for the official schedule in this matter, including cancellations, or other schedule alterations.

Published in the Day on February 18, 2021

ADA PUBLICATION STATEMENT

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to complying with 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 Barbara Viadella or Cenit Mirabal, DEEP Office of Diversity and Equity at 860-418-5910 or via email at deep.accomodations@ct.gov.  In order to facilitate efforts to provide an accommodation, please request all accommodations as soon as possible following notice of any agency hearing, meeting, programs or event.  

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