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Connecticut Environmental Compliance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 6, 2020

In accordance with guidance from the state and federal governments and international organizations, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) has closed its offices to the public to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

With the majority of its staff (along with most of the rest of the country) now telecommuting, CTDEEP is encouraging the public to utilize its online services and resources as much as possible.  CTDEEP is also posting interim procedural guidance for its various divisions on a rolling basis to its dedicated COVID-19 website

Shipman & Goodwin’s environmental attorneys have been in regular contact with CTDEEP staff regarding the best practices for handling a variety of compliance, permitting and enforcement tasks amidst the pandemic.  We are actively helping clients navigate these uncharted waters to stay in compliance and maintain business operations to the extent possible. 

In addition, Shipman & Goodwin’s COVID-19 Resource Center is regularly updated with guidance on how to navigate this global health and financial challenge and provides information for health care organizations, manufacturers, schools, financial institutions and employers on a wide range of issues facing our clients.  We encourage you to bookmark this page, check back regularly and reach out with any questions.

With respect to the CTDEEP in particular, below is a list of several key temporary adjustments made by CTDEEP to assist the regulated community in maintaining compliance with environmental requirements:

  • In general, please correspond directly with your Project Manager on best practices
     
  • Filings Not Requiring Fee Payments:
     
  • Filings Requiring Fee Payments:
     
    • Filings that require fee payments cannot be submitted electronically
    • Filings may still be made by hand and placed in the mail tub in the vestibule of CTDEEP’s offices (if the front doors are unlocked)
    • Filings may also be sent via USPS, FedEx and UPS to Central Permit Processing
    • Special Instructions for FedEx and UPS: deliveries should be made to the rear of CTDEEP’s office in the event the front door is locked
       
  • Date-Stamped Filings:
     
    • To receive a date-stamped copy for your records, please include a return self-addressed pre-stamped envelope and a note requesting a date-stamped copy
    • CTDEEP will only provide date-stamped copies by mail and will not date-stamp filings made by hand

Please contact Andrew Davis (860-251-5839) or Aaron Levy (860-251-5893) or any member of our environmental team if you have any questions regarding this alert or need assistance.

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