Washington takes action against fracking waste
Published 3:43 pm, Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The town of Washington has passed an ordinance banning the storage, disposal or use of fracking waste or any of its derivatives in town.
The ordinance passed unanimously March 5 during a town meeting.
Washington is the first town in the state to pass an ordinance of this kind.
"The council was active in securing the passage of Senate Bill SP237 in the (state) General Assembly," Canal said. "The bill started out to ban fracking waste storage in the state and finally passed establishing a three-year moratorium during which the commissioner of the DEEP will come up with guidelines."
Canal said the council felt it was important for Washington to take the step of banning fracking waste as a town. Hopefully, he said, this will set the stage for a permanent ban by the state.
In June, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the law into effect banning the storage or handling of hydraulic fracturing waste in the state.
Pursuant to the law, the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection would categorize fracking waste as "hazardous waste" under the state's hazardous waste policy.
The DEEP will also review the potential environmental and health impacts and develop protections to ensure fracking waste and its byproducts do not pose a risk.
The law also requires any party seeking to transport or store fracking waste in Connecticut after the moratorium ends to disclose all chemical constituents to the DEEP.
It also gives the DEEP commissioner the authority to prohibit fracking waste, if deemed necessary.