HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawmakers are advancing a proposal requiring more stringent designs for Connecticut water treatment plants to avoid a repeat of destruction caused by recent storms in the Northeast.
The House passed the bill Thursday 129-2, following Senate approval in April. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy must sign the bill before it becomes law.
The bill requires the energy and environmental protection commissioner to consider how facilities' designs would mitigate sea level rise when administering state funding.
The requirement is intended to ensure treatment plants can withstand storms and do not spill wastewater into Long Island Sound or other bodies of water.
The legislation is based on recommendations by a task force established in February 2012 in response to Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 and a freak winter nor'easter the following October.
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