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Substitute House Bill No. 5802

Public Act No. 11-101

AN ACT ADOPTING CERTAIN SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE THOMAS COMMISSION.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) No person shall use flammable gas to clean or blow the gas piping of an electric generating facility.

(b) The Connecticut Siting Council shall not issue a certificate to build a facility described in subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 16-50i of the general statutes unless a person applying for such certificate demonstrates to the satisfaction of the council that such person has:

(1) Retained, for the duration of the construction project, at least one special inspector to assist the municipal fire marshal in reviewing construction plans and conducting inspections during construction of the electric generating facility to ensure compliance with the recommended standards; and

(2) Paid a fee to be established in accordance with subsection (d) of section 29-251c of the general statutes to be used in the training of local fire marshals on the complex issues of electric generating facility construction. Said fee shall be deposited in the Code Training Fund established in section 29-251c of the general statutes.

(c) The special inspector retained under subsection (b) of this section shall have the following duties:

(1) To assist the local fire marshal in said fire marshal's review and approval of methods for cleaning the interior of gas piping;

(2) To approve an appropriate safety plan for any nonflammable gas blows conducted at the electric generating facility;

(3) To observe the actual cleaning procedure in order to assure compliance with the approved methods for cleaning the interior of gas piping; and

(4) To conduct inspections during construction of such facility in order to ensure compliance with the approved methods and with the provisions of this section.

(d) Any person designated as a special inspector for purposes of this section shall:

(1) Be approved by the Connecticut Siting Council and not otherwise employed or financially involved in the construction or operation of the electric generating facility; and

(2) Be a licensed professional mechanical engineer pursuant to chapter 391 of the general statutes, or a person holding a commission from the National Board of Pressure Vessel Inspectors and have knowledge and field experience in electric generating facility construction.

(e) Any person who violates any provision of subsection (a) or (b) of this section shall be fined not more than one hundred thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years or both for each offense.

Sec. 2. Subsection (h) of section 16-50j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(h) Prior to commencing any hearing pursuant to section 16-50m, the council shall consult with and solicit written comments from (1) the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Public Health, the Council on Environmental Quality, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Public Utility Control, the Office of Policy and Management, the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Department of Transportation, and (2) in a hearing pursuant to section 16-50m, for a facility described in subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 16-50i, the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Consumer Protection and the Department of Public Works and the Labor Department. In addition, the Department of Environmental Protection shall have the continuing responsibility to investigate and report to the council on all applications which prior to October 1, 1973, were within the jurisdiction of said Department of Environmental Protection with respect to the granting of a permit. Copies of such comments shall be made available to all parties prior to the commencement of the hearing. Subsequent to the commencement of the hearing, said departments and council may file additional written comments with the council within such period of time as the council designates. All such written comments shall be made part of the record provided by section 16-50o. Said departments and council shall not enter any contract or agreement with any party to the proceedings or hearings described in this section or section 16-50p, that requires said departments or council to withhold or retract comments, refrain from participating in or withdraw from said proceedings or hearings.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective from passage) At least once during the period of construction of an electric generating facility in this state, the Connecticut Siting Council and the Departments of Public Safety, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Consumer Protection and Public Works, and the Labor Department shall conduct a meeting to discuss and develop proposed resolutions for any known or potential safety issue at such facility. The council and said departments shall submit any such proposed resolutions to the special inspector provided for such facility, as required pursuant to section 1 of this act.

Approved July 8, 2011