We have heard from DEEP that there will be a status conference via Zoom on Thursday, June 18 at 1 pm. During the status conference the pre-hearing process will be discussed and the date or dates for the hearing will be set.
If a public hearing is necessary, if you want to ask questions you will have to have “Intervenor Status”. We would like to have as many POTWs (and others) as possible file for Intervenor Status. From the DEEP website:
Intervening Parties: Intervention is the entry into a contested case hearing by an individual or organization with an interest in the outcome of that hearing. Intervening party status is granted pursuant to statute if the requirements set out in that statute are satisfied or if a written request states facts that show that a person or organization’s legal rights, duties or privileges will or may reasonably be expected to be affected by the decision in the proceeding, or that their participation is necessary for the proper disposition of the proceeding. (Note: Representatives of organizations must submit proof that he or she is authorized to seek intervention for that organization.)
Requests to intervene must be filed with the Office of Adjudications no later than five days before the start of the hearing. If a late filing is allowed, the hearing officer has the discretion to place limitations on the participation of an intervening party or intervenor that files a late request.
For additional information, including the proper format for written requests to intervene, see General Statutes §4-177a and Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies §22a-3a-6(b) and (k). Also see Intervening in the Hearing Process
How do I Intervene?
Requests or petitions to intervene must be in writing, timely filed, and signed by the person(s) or authorized representative(s) of an organization seeking to intervene. A request must also meet all other requirements of certain sections of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) and the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies (RCSA).
Writing – Requests to intervene are usually a written motion, however, a letter may be sufficient if it complies with the format requirements of the DEEP Rules of Practice, RCSA §§22a-3a-2 to 22a-3a-6.
Timely – Generally, a request should be filed at least 5 days before a hearing begins. A request made during a hearing may be denied as untimely, or, if granted, the participation of the intervenor may be limited.
Signed – Requests must be signed by the person(s) requesting intervention or by his/her attorney on their behalf. A person signing for an organization must submit proof that he/she is authorized to represent that organization. A signature represents that the signer has read the petition, that statements made in that petition are true, and that the request for intervention is genuine.
Certification – Intervention requests must contain a statement that copies of the request were mailed or delivered to all parties, including DEEP staff, and any other present or prospective intervenors. The person who mailed or served the document must sign this certification.