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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Thursday, May 8, 2014
For more information contact:
Louis W. Burch, Government Relations Liaison, (203) 821-7050, (203) 503-1314 (mobile), lburch@citizenscampaign.org

CONNECTICUT PASSES THREE YEAR FRACKING WASTE MORATORIUM

Lawmakers Recognize Unacceptable Environmental and Health Risks

Hartford, CT- Last night the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a three year moratorium on fracking waste storage, treatment, and disposal in Connecticut. The bill passed in concurrence with the Senate just nine minutes before the end-of-session deadline, and the bill must now be signed by Governor Malloy.

Once signed by the Governor, the law will go into effect on July 1, 2014. The law would enact a three year minimum, four year maximum moratorium, during which no party may store, treat, dispose of, transfer, or sell fracking waste or fracking waste by-products in Connecticut. During that three year period, the commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) would be required to determine the appropriate regulatory approach necessary to ensure that fracking waste does not create a hazard for Connecticut’s air, land, water, and public health. The legislation also authorizes the DEEP commissioner to prohibit fracking waste outright as part of that determination.

In response to the passage of the fracking waste moratorium, Louis Burch, CCE Government Relations Liaison, provided the following statement:

“Fracking creates millions of gallons of toxic, potentially radioactive wastewater at every well, as well as potentially radioactive solid waste, known as drill cuttings. Toxic fracking waste materials pose an unacceptable threat to water resources and public health, and must not be sent to our sewage treatment plants and landfills, spread on our roads, or trucked through our communities. Federal law fails to adequately regulate the management and disposal of fracking waste, making it essential that Connecticut protect itself from this dangerous waste.

CCE commends the Connecticut General Assembly for taking an important step forward by acknowledging these dangers and enacting protections to ensure fracking waste does not threaten our health and communities. However, this is only the first step. CCE is committed to keeping fracking waste out of Connecticut, and will continue to pursue an outright prohibition on this environmental and public health threat.”

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by dcoppola  5/9/14