Connecticut Public Act 13-179: An Act Concerning the Permitting of Certain Coastal Structures by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Public Act 13-179: "An Act Concerning the Permitting of Certain Coastal Structures by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection" requires the development of best practices for permitting of coastal structures and refines coastal regulatory procedures for ease of use by the public. The Act contains updated sea level rise considerations and planning procedures, including the projected impacts on coastal development and permitting.

By October 1, 2013, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) was directed to consult with environmental protection and planning and development agencies in other coastal states, commercial entities professionally engaged in activities requiring permitting, and the federal government to acquire information relevant to the development of a best practices guide for coastal structures permitting.

On and after October 1, 2013, DEEP will incorporate sea level change scenarios published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Technical Report OAR CPO-1 into the state civil preparedness plan and program, and in the preparation of any municipal evacuation plan or hazard mitigation plan. 

Also, the Act states that the Marine Sciences Division of The University of Connecticut is to update the sea level change scenarios published by NOAA - not less than once every ten years. 

 

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

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  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)
  • University of Connecticut

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