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UConn To Host Open House And DEP
Public Hearing On Landfill Closure
Released: January 20, 2005

Release #05001
Karen Grava
(860) 486-3530 (office)

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 and permits.

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.

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