Connecticut Airport Authority, East Hartford, Hartford, Wethersfield

Notice of Tentative Determination to Approve an Application for Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Permit And Intent to Waive Public Hearing

Applicant(s):  Connecticut Airport Authority
Application No.: 202204934-IW
City/Town: East Hartford, Hartford, Wethersfield
The Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (“DEEP”) hereby gives notice that a tentative determination has been reached to approve the following application.  The Commissioner also gives notice of intent to waive the requirement for public hearing provided that a hearing may be held on this application if the Commissioner determines that the public interest will best be served thereby, or shall hold a hearing upon receipt of a petition as more thoroughly described below.

Application Number:  202204934-IW

Applicant’s Name and Address:  Connecticut Airport Authority, 334 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks, CT 06096


Contact Name and Phone No.:  Colin Goegel, P.E. (860) 245-5628

Type of Permit:  Inland Wetlands and Watercourses

Relevant statute(s)/Regulation:  Section 22a-39 of the Connecticut General Statutes

Project Description:  Removal, topping, and pruning of trees over 33.8 acres of state inland wetlands which pose immediate and future obstruction hazards to Federal Aviation Regulation Part 77 surfaces, Terminal Instrument Procedures, and Airport Design Standards around Hartford-Brainard Airport to improve public safety and re-establish compliance with Federal Aviation Authority mandates

Project Location:33.8 acres of forested inland wetlands divided between the municipalities of East Hartford, Hartford, and Wethersfield which encompass the approach airspace of Hartford Brainard Airport.

Water(s):  Connecticut River & Folly Brook

COMMISSIONER’S FINDINGS/REGULATORY CONDITIONS

The proposed activities include tree removal, topping, and pruning, and will temporarily affect 33.8 acres of state inland wetlands.

Pursuant to CGS Section 22a-39, the Department has determined that the regulated activity is not likely to have a significant impact on the wetlands or watercourses and hereby publishes its intent to waive the requirement for public hearing.

INFORMATION REQUESTS/PUBLIC COMMENT

This application has been assigned No. 202204934-IW please use this number when corresponding with DEEP regarding this application. Interested persons may obtain copies of the application from the applicant at the above address. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 virus pandemic, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection located at 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT is closed to the public until further notice. However, electronic copies of the application and supporting documentation can be provided to interested persons via email. Any such requests for electronic documents may be directed to bianca.beland@ct.gov of the Land and Water Resources Division at 860-418-5951 or bianca.beland@ct.gov.

 

Before making a final decision on this application, the Commissioner shall consider written comments on the application from interested persons. Written comments on the application should be directed to Bianca Beland via electronic mail to bianca.beland@ct.gov no later than thirty (30) days from the publication date of this notice. Written comments may also be submitted in paper form to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection located at 79 Elm Street, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse Hartford, CT. In this submittal, please identify the name of the staff assigned to the application, the permit application number and your phone number and/or email address to facilitate responses to your comments. Due to the Covid -19 virus Pandemic and social distancing measures implemented by DEEP staff, there could be delays in the response to your comments. You may contact the staff person identified in this notice with any questions you may have. 

 

PETITIONS FOR HEARING


The Commissioner may conduct a public hearing if the Commissioner determines that the public interest will best be served thereby, or shall hold a hearing upon receipt of a petition signed by at least twenty-five persons. Petitions should include the application number noted above and also identify a contact person to receive notifications. Petitions may also identify a person who is authorized to engage in discussions regarding the application and, if resolution is reached, withdraw the petition. Original signed petitions may be scanned and sent electronically to deep.adjudications@ct.gov or may be mailed to: DEEP Office of Adjudications, 79 Elm Street, 3rd floor, Hartford, CT 06106-5127. All petitions must be received within the comment period noted above. If submitted electronically, original signed petitions must also be mailed to the address above within ten days of electronic submittal. 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.portal.ct.gov/deep


Published in The Hartford Courant on September 15, 2022 

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 Bianca.Beland@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 DEEP Office of Diversity and Equity at 860-418-5910 or deep.accommodations@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, program or event. 

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