STORRS, Conn. —An open house and public hearing will be held Thursday, Jan.
27, in Room 7 of the Bishop Center to complete public review of closure plans for
a former landfill and chemical pits on the Storrs campus.
At the open house, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. officials will introduce the construction
manager for the closure plan, O&G Industries of Torrington. The Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) project manager and members of UConn’s
technical consulting team will also respond to questions about wetlands restoration
After the open house, DEP will hold an administrative hearing to discuss UConn’s
permit applications to work in wetlands areas of campus during construction. DEP
staff and UConn officials will present information supporting of the application
and will accept comments from the public.
UConn submitted permit applications, a Wetlands Mitigation Plan, and other documents
to the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and DEP last June. After a four-year investigation
and public involvement process, DEP approved the UConn Landfill Closure Plan last
fall. The mitigation plan was developed in consultation with DEP, ACOE, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The mitigation plan includes restoration, creation and enhancement of wetlands
in the construction area.
For 10 years after the mitigation, UConn will submit annual monitoring reports
on the wetlands to state and federal agencies. (For a summary of the Wetlands Mitigation
Plan, see the October 2004 UConn Update at www.landfillproject.uconn.edu.)
Copies of the Wetlands Mitigation Plan also are available at the Mansfield town
manager’s office, at UConn facilities offices, in the Mansfield Public Library
and at DEP in Hartford. Recent project publications and more information about
wetlands can be found on the project website at www.landfillproject.uconn.edu.
Plans to start construction will be announced after DEP has completed its review
of the permits and Wetlands Mitigation Plan.